On this day, August 23

By | August 23, 2019


On this day, August 23, in 1896, the Katipuneros tore their cedulas as a symbol of protest.

On this day in 2010, the Manila bus hostage crisis occurred when Rolando Mendoza, a disgruntled former Philippine National Police officer, hijacked a tourist bus carrying 24 people, including 20 tourists from Hong Kong, in Rizal Park, Manila.

During negotiations, Mendoza claimed he had been unfairly dismissed from his job and demanded a fair hearing to defend himself. After negotiations broke down, a 90-minute gun battle ensued between Mendoza and the police, resulting in the death of Mendoza and eight hostages, and injuring several others.

The 10-hour Manila bus hostage crisis soured relations between Manila and Hong Kong until 2014 when Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada went to Hong Kong to personally apologize to the victim’s families.

In April 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte apologized to Hong Kong for the Manila bus hostage crisis. http://everydayhistory.ph

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