Children Held in Manila Bus Siege Are Released 

By CARLOS H. CONDE
The New York Times
International Herald Tribune
Published: March 28, 2007

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MANILA, March 28 — The owner of a daycare center gave himself up after taking a busload of his students hostage here today. He had driven them to Manila City Hall, where he railed against corruption in Philippine politics through a loudspeaker and criticized the government for failing to provide education for the poor.

Police said Armando Ducat Jr. and at least two other men were armed with hand grenades and other weapons when they took over the bus with 32 children and two teachers who were on their way to a field trip.

Later, after nearly 10 hours since the stand-off began, the hostage-takers released the schoolchildren and the teachers unharmed.

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