MANILA (UPDATED) - Three men, including one member of the Philippine Army, surrendered on Wednesday after holding nuns and children hostage inside an orphanage in Legazpi City, Albay.
Mayor Noel Rosal of Legazpi City said one of the three hostage takers was identified as Private First Class Licayan, who was in the province to undergo disaster risk reduction and management training.
Licayan, along with 2 companions, rang the doorbell of the Good Shepherd orphanage in Baranagy San Roque on Wednesday afternoon and quickly entered the building to hold the nuns and children hostage, said Rosal.
The suspects wrote and sent their demands to the authorities outside the orphanage.
"Ma, Pa kung nanonood kayo ng TV Patrol Bicol, ako nga pala si PFC (Private First Class) Licayan. ABS-CBN, puwede po sana namin kayong makausap," the demands read.
"Baka puwede pong makahingi ng pagkain. ABS-CBN newscasters lang po ang magdadala ng pagkain. Walang kasamang pulis. Walang magpapaputok."
Rosal said Licayan, who graduated from the training last Monday, immediately wanted to go home, but wasn't allowed by his commanding officer because of typhoon "Glenda" which ravaged Bicol and Visayas areas on Tuesday afternoon.
"Isa itong PFC sa Army. Andito sila sa Legazpi City para mag-training para sa disaster risk reduction and management. Naka-graduate sila last Monday. Hindi raw pinauwi ng CO (commanding officer). Siguro bumigay. Gusto yatang makauwi e may bagyo hindi pinauwi. Ito ang initial based sa statement ng CO," Rosal told dzMM.
Licayan's commanding officer sent one of the suspect's close Army friends to do the negotiation.
Police authorities was able to take custody of the suspects at around 5:30 p.m, after almost an hour of negotiations.—Report from Rose Olarte-Orbita, ABS-CBN News Bicol