By Ria Fernandez
A 38-year-old man ran amuck and held a boy hostage near a train station in Sta. Mesa, Manila on Monday morning.
In an interview following his arrest, suspect Dominador Abrillo of Taguig City said his joblessness, his wife’s lover whom he killed in Leyte in 2013, and his brother who died in a police operation in Pampanga are among the things that are making him anxious. He also admitted that he was taking illegal drugs. The last time was two weeks ago.
Initial report revealed that Abrillo came from Divisoria and alighted at Philippine National Railways (PNR) Sta. Mesa Station past 9 a.m. when he suddenly snatched a 9 mm firearm of a security guard.
Police Officer 1 Christian Castor of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) – Regional Force Mobile Battalion, who was at the area, immediately responded and fired shots at the suspect but missed.
Abrillo fired back while exiting through a gate beside the Southbound lane of the train.
Approximately six individuals had been injured as the suspect went berserk, Manila Police District (MPD) chief Vicente Danao Jr. said.
Still not content, the suspect then took a boy aged five away from his father in front of a sari-sari store.
“Nagulat na lang ako. Inaangat ko baril niya. Sabi niya ‘wag kang papalag, matutuluyan kayong dalawa. E sabi naman ng mga pulis doon ‘bayaan mo na, kami nang bahala’ (I was shocked. I was trying to lift his gun. He told me ‘don’t resist, you’ll both die’. But the police told me ‘let it go, we’ll take care of it’),” said Jimmy Abtaje, father of the victim.
Then Abrillo positioned himself under a post that was a few steps away from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), wrapping his left arm around the neck and pointing the gun at the right face of the victim.
Members of the Manila Police District Special Weapons and Tactics (MPD-SWAT) arrived.
And after almost two hours of negotiations, the suspect peacefully surrendered to the authorities and was brought to the MPD headquarters for temporary detention.
“[This is a product of] a good negotiating team from our SWAT [and other authorities],” Danao said.
Meanwhile, the victim was sent for medical examination before his parents could file a formal complaint at the MPD Women and Children Protection Section.
“[Possible cases to be filed] are violation of Republic Act 7610 or the anti-child abuse law, grave threat, and physical injury. We will see how severe are the injuries sustained by the boy,” said PO3 Edith Chavez, investigator-on-case.