Personally, I blame the Editor that allowed this poorly written piece to be published. And they wonder why 265 journalists have been murdered in the Philippines in the last 10 years. Some might call it quality control, I just think it is part of the tragedy that is the Pinoy concept of English.
Broken-Hearted American Takes Cashier Hostage
– January 14, 2014Posted in: Philippine News, PHILIPPINES
MANILA, Philippines — An American held hostage a cashier named Alma Cordero, an employee of Paradise Apartelle on Timog Avenue, Quezon City, on Sunday.
The hostage-taker was identified by members of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Kamuning station as Robert Mark Stasaitis, 57, a retired US Navy from Oregon who was staying in the apartelle.
He has been overstaying in the country and was supposed to return to the US by January 14.
He arrived at the apartelle drunk. Stasaitis became desperate to kill himself after his ex-girlfriend dumped him and refused to speak to him.
Armed with a knife, he took Cordero hostage at around 2 p.m. on Sunday.
He gave the employees of the apartelle a list of names of women he wanted to talk to, threatening to kill himself if he didn’t get to talk to them.
The QCPD Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and operatives of the Special Reaction Unit were deployed to the area, but P/Supt. Lemuel Obon, chief of Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Kamuning Station, led the negotiations which went on for more than two hours.
The police succeeded in arresting Stasaitis who, according to P/Supt Obon, had initially planned to commit suicide inside his room.
However, he realized he could not do it himself so he held Cordero hostage and left it to the police to kill him for that. He expressed dismay that the police has not shoot him dead.
P/Supt Obon added that after getting documentary requirements from the American, they will turn him over to Quezon City Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit who will then contact the US Embassy regarding his case.
Stasaitis now faces illegal detention raps and may also face charges of frustrated or attempted murder.
Cordero, on the other hand, was not harmed during the hostage incident, but has to rest after the ordeal she went through.
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