Hostage drama in Philippine court

Philippine police have stormed a Manila courtroom where an armed former marine and his girlfriend were threatening to kill four hostages over a property dispute.

Hostage drama in Philippine court

Almario Villegas, a former marine, was killed as police rescued Gina Ramos, the complainant in the case, along with two court clerks and a lawyer, who had been seized on Tuesday.

Ramos had filed an eviction notice against Villegas claiming ownership of a condominium in the capital.


Villegas, who said he had a grenade, fired shots in the air as he and Delia de la Cruz, his girlfriend, took the hostages to another room in the building.


Television footage showed the body of a man said to be that of Villegas lying in a pool of blood as policemen looked for explosives.

De La Cruz was reportedly unharmed when police entered the Halls of Justice.

Ramos had demanded a ransom of $62,000 from Ramos's family to spare the lives of the hostages.

After leaving military service, Villegas did odd-jobs including working as a movie stuntman.


An investigation would be conducted to determine how the suspects managed to smuggle weapons into the courtroom, Sigfrido Tinga, the mayor of Taguig district southeast of Manila, said.


The authorities had evacuated an elementary school nearby as a precaution.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16