NBP hostage-taking ends peacefully

By on September 1, 2014

New Bilibid Prison. Monzonda / Wikipedia photo
New Bilibid Prison. Monzonda / Wikipedia photo

MANILA  — The hostage-taking incident inside the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) ended peacefully on Monday.

It started at 12:30 p.m. and ended at 2:40 p.m.

According to NBP Acting Superintendent Celso Bravo, the hostage-taking took place at the Samsung Factory, a handicraft factory inside the Medium Security Compound.

Bravo identified the victim as Susan Egana, a civilian employee of Samsung Factory.

Likewise, he identified the hostage-taker as Dennis Gonzaga, an inmate worker who had in his possession a screw driver.

NBP Chaplain Monsignor Bobby Olaguer also helped in the negotiation.

The hostage-taker earlier demanded to talk to his mother or his sibling.

The sibling of the hostage-taker arrived later and upon seeing his sibling, he immediately released his victim and surrendered to authorities.

The hostage-taker was convicted for parricide and was sentenced to suffer a jail term of up to 17 years.