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Baka bad precedent pa: JV Ejercito puzzled why Greenhills hostage taker held press conference

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The hostage crisis in Greenhills ended without any fatality.

The resolution of the hostage incident was a relief to many people including former Senator JV Ejercito.

But the former lawmaker is baffled why the security guard, who took several people hostage, was allowed to hold a press conference.

“I am relieved that the hostage taking situation in Greenhills is over. Puzzled and disappointed why culprit was given chance to speak to media,” he tweeted.

Ejercito expressed concern that allowing a suspect to hold press conference might become a bad precedent.

“This is not good and may in fact become a precedent for other persons with gripes,” he said.

Ejercito later tweeted his congratulations to the San Juan police for resolving the hostage incident.

“Good job San Juan Police Department though. I have always been proud of our police force,” he said.

A sacked security guard will be slapped with several criminal charges after staging a hostage situation in San Juan last Monday. The hostage taker, who complained about his removal from his post, was arrested by policemen after a 10-hour standoff.

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For buses’ benefit: 300K liters of fuel smuggled weekly from Bataan to NCR

By Nancy Carvajal

At least 300,000 liters of fuel is smuggled weekly from a shipyard in Mariveles, Bataan to garages of various bus companies in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, persons involved in transporting the product told the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

NBI Special Unit Action agent Melvin Escurel said individuals they have talked to claimed to be clueless about the smuggling of fuel.

“A witness said they just received instructions from ‘Jerome’ and ‘Eric’ to proceed to the Seafront Shipyard and wait for the barge that would fill up their tanker,’’ Escurel said.

Using a long hose, diesel is loaded into the tankers inside the shipyard from a barge anchored about 500 meters away from the dock.

The tankers are filled with fuel at least three times a week. They travel to the shipyard from a garage in Pasay City.

Escurel said four to five tankers deliver the fuel to the garages of various bus lines. One tanker, meanwhile, heads to Fairview, Quezon City to fill up a supposedly abandoned tanker.

Based on witnesses’ testimonies, Escurel said the fuel smuggling scheme involving the Bataan shipyard appears to be well organized.

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