An ex-security guard of a shopping mall in Manila, Philippines, took out his anger by shooting one of his ex-colleague and holding more than 30 people as hostages. He eventually released them after an apology from his bosses. The man entered Virra Mall and shot a security guard at around 10 AM local time on Monday. He was shouting that he had a grenade and took more than 30 shoppers and working staff as hostage.
Hundreds of police officers gathered around the mall. Rescue teams and members of the SWAT were also on the spot. All the officers wanted to resolve the issue peacefully. It was known via a Skype call that the man, Archie Paray, had been fired and was demanding four executives of the security company to resign. He also talked to many of his ex-colleagues via video chat and demanded the company to publicly apologize to him.
Paray accused the company of having a “corrupt system in their company,” and they “looked down on the security guards.” Due to this, six company executives resigned from their positions and hence apologized to him. Eventually, at 8 PM local time, Paray walked out with all the hostages out. In a brief news conference, he confessed that he was very angry with the company’s corrupt practices and that is why he vented his anger in such an extreme manner.
A handgun was found in his pocket. A similar hostage-taking incident occurred in 2010, which resulted in the deaths of six tourists.
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