GMA-7 Manila Hostage Crisis coverage (found Filipino news coverage of hostage-taking incident; 2010)

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The bus where the hostages were held captive

Status: Found

Date found: 05 Aug 2021 (Saksi coverage); 12 Aug 2021 (24 Oras coverage);
23 Aug 2021 (GMA Breaking News coverage)

Found by: theFoggy, Philippine Television Archives

The Rizal Park hostage-taking incident, also known as Manila Hostage Crisis, is an incident that took place when a former Philippine National Police officer named Rolando Mendoza hijacked a tourist bus in Rizal Park on August 23rd, 2010.


Negotiations surrounding the hostages took place, which were broadcast both on television worldwide and on the Internet. Reporters Erwin Tulfo & Michael Rogas remained in contact with Mendoza which were criticized due to preventing policemen from getting in touch with him[1] and television channels all over the world were airing live coverage of the crisis, along with Philippine TV networks ABS-CBN, GMA-7, TV5, and government-run NBN (now PTV). Mendoza then became agitated as he witnessed the live coverage of his brother's arrest, Gregorio Mendoza. This resulted in two hostages being killed as he claimed on live radio.[2]

Aftermath & Availability

The networks were criticized due to the live airing contributing to the death of hostages on the bus.[3] ABS-CBN, TV5, and Radyo Mo Nationwide were penalized by the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) for ethics violations and GMA-7 reviewed its policies and its ethics and was finalized on September 9, 2010.[4]

GMA's coverage ran from 6:30-9:30 pm. Clips of the coverage were uploaded by bobosierap.[5] A BlogSpot dedicated to uploading GMA's news and TV shows uploaded the full coverage in the channel jakloreq, which also uploaded other GMA's August 23rd, 2010 shows that time. This channel went unnoticed until Philippine Television Archives co-owner theFoggy found the channel in 2020 and archived it. However, the laptop where he archived it broke in September 2020.

The channel was then rediscovered by both CLASSMC and theFoggy in 2021, however, part 1 of the coverage was deleted. Saksi's coverage was successfully archived and uploaded to on August 5th, 2021. The GMA Breaking News coverage was uploaded on YouTube on August 2nd, 2021, via a premiere which was soon viewed on August 23rd, 2021, exactly 11 years after the incident.

On August 12th, 2021, part 1 was found by theFoggy on a Dailymotion channel, which was soon uploaded on Both coverages were soon uploaded on Philippine Television Archives alternate account on September 24th, 2021.


24 Oras' coverage.

Saksi's coverage.

GMA Breaking News coverage.

GMA Network Ethical and Safety Guidelines for Crisis Coverage.

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