Philippine bus siege survivor slams authorities

The Hong Kong woman, who identified herself as Mrs Leung, told reporters that her husband was killed as he tried to stop ex-policeman Rolando Mendoza from attacking other passengers on their tour bus in Manila.

Leung, still in shock as she was carried out from the bus following a 12-hour standoff, demanded to know why Manila police came to their rescue so late.

"It's too late. Why were there no one to help us after so many hours?" she said at the scene of the siege, in comments broadcast on Hong Kong's Cable TV.

"There were so many people on the bus -- no one came to our rescue. Why? For money? Sacrificing so many lives for money? We were in fear for so many hours. I find it really cruel."
Leung said her husband sacrificed himself for others on the bus. "I actually really wanted to die with him. But I think of my children."

"I miss him," she said in tears.

She said she did not know the whereabouts of three children, aged 14, 18, and 21, who were also held on the bus.

Doctors took care of another woman, released from the bus by the gunmen with three children, as she was overcome with emotion, wrongly believing that all the hostages had been killed, according to a spokeswoman for the travel company running the trip.

"Because of various sources of information, she had for a while thought that everyone who remained on the bus was killed," Susanna Lau, general manager of Hong Thai Travel, said.

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