San Juan police chief relieved over botched hostage rescue
MANILA - The chief of the San Juan City police has been sacked following the botched handling of the hostage crisis in Balonbato last Tuesday.
Sr. Supt. Joselito Daniel himself confirmed that he has been relieved of his post over the failed negotiations of the police with the hostage-taker.
The hostage crisis, which happened inside the victim's office, lasted for about 10 hours.
Both the victim, Atty. Solomon Condenuevo, and the suspect, security guard Charliemagne Aton, were killed in the incident.
Aton shot himself after killing Condenuevo, police said.
Authorities said Daniel was relieved of his post to give way to the Eastern Police District to investigate if he and his personnel committed any lapses in the incident.
For his part, Daniel said they did everything they could to rescue the victim.
He even blamed the noise from the fire trucks that participated in the water festival celebration, saying it was the one that caused the hostage-taker to change his mind during the course of negotiations and kill both the victim and himself.
Nonetheless, Daniel said he is ready to face the investigation.
Supt. Jose Rivera, deputy for administration, has been appointed as officer-in-charge. -- Report from Dennis Datu, dzMM