Front Pages 2011

Cover Pages: The Manila Hostage Crisis

AUGUST 23. A dismissed cop wanting his one-year-old case to be solved and his name cleared to get back to the police force seized a tourist bus in front of the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, holding more than 20 tourists hostage.

A stand-off between Capt. Rolando Mendoza and the police outside the bus lasted for more than 11 hours, ending with a gruesome shoot-out that killed Mendoza.

At least seven hostages were found dead afterwards, although it was not yet settled whether or not the victims were all killed inside the bus by Mendoza. Some of the victims may possibly be hit by bullets during the exchange of fire between Mendoza and the police.

National television, and international news organizations covered the event live.

Here’s how the Big Three broadsheet newspapers told the story on their cover pages the next day.

Manila Bulletin Philippine STAR Philippine Daily Inquirer

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