Friendly Fire May Have Killed Some Manila Hostages

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MANILA--Some of the eight victims in the August 23 hostage-taking tragedy died due to “friendly fire,” Philippine Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said.

At a press conference, De Lima said the results of the forensic findings are inconsistent with the testimony of bus driver Alberto Lubang, that the victims were shot at close range by Rolando Mendoza, a disgruntled policeman who took over a tourist bus filled with tourists from Hong Kong.

Quoting findings of the Philippine National Police-Scene of the Crime Operations (PNP-Soco) and the National Bureau of Investigations (NBI), if what was used by Mendoza was the M16 rifle, the wounds sustained by the victims would have been bigger and there would have been more blood spatter.