MANILA, Philippines – A man held his own family hostage in Manila on Monday, a police official said .
Supt. Rolly Balasabas, Manila Philippine National Police (PNP) Station 4 Commander, said Eduardo Manaloto held his wife and 2 children hostage after a heated argument with his parents in their house at the corner of España and Miguelin streets in the city’s Sampaloc district.
Balasabas said Manaloto's parents went to the Barangay Hall to report the incident. This prompted barangay officials to alert the police.
“Domestic problem lang. Kaya lang yung matatandang magulang nung lalaki, nagsumbong sa barangay para ma-pacify yung anak nila, kasi medyo sinigawan sila. Lagi nang ginagawa ng lalaki yan eh,” Balasabas said.
After a brief negotiation, Manaloto calmed down, and agreed to release his family. Balasabas said a knife was recovered from Manaloto.
“Yung nakita ng police sa pali-paligid, siguro kinuha yung kutsilyo sa kusina, akala niya siguro ia-attack siya. Pero nung nakausap na namin siya, pati yung ibang mga kamag-anak kumalma naman siya. Ang gusto lang niya, bumalik yung mga matatandang magulang niya, kasi lumabas kasi eh,” Balasabas said.
Balasabas added the police do not intend to file a charge against Manaloto.
"Wala po tayong masampa, kasi parang domestic problem lang. At wala naman siyang na-argabyado na kapitbahay. - report from Noel Alamar, dzMM