Ex-policeman in Philippines holds tourists hostage

MANILA, Philippines — A dismissed policeman armed with an automatic rifle seized a bus in the Philippine capital Monday with 26 passengers aboard, most of them South Korean tourists, in a bid to demand his reinstatement, police said.
Police sharpshooters took positions around the white-blue-red bus, which was parked near a downtown Manila park, and negotiations to free the hostages were under way, said deputy director of Manila police Alex Gutierrez.
The hostage-taker was armed with an M16 rifle and demanding that he be given back his job on the police force, Gutierrez said.
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