by John Paul M. Omac
CABUYAO CITY, LAGUNA—Cabuyao police rescued a 10-year-old girl that was held hostage by a man who was allegedly “high” for almost two hours in Baranggay Baclaran, last Thursday, January 31.
The authorities have identified the hostage-taker as Nelson Durian, 29. According to the police, the hostage-taker seemed to be under the influence of illegal drugs during the incident.
“Wala talaga sa katinuan yung ating suspect,” explained Superintendent Leonard Luna, Cabuyao City Chief of Police. “He was under the influence of illegal drugs.”
According to witnesses, Durian went out of their house with a knife around 5 pm. The suspect mocked everyone in the street and even challenged them into a fight. This is where he saw the child he held hostage.
“Bigla na lang niyang hinatak yung bata. Sa takot din namin ay wala samin ang makalapit sa kanila,” said Susan Alba of Mabuhay City Subdivision where the hostage taking took place.
Before the hostage taking, Durian also had an argument with his father, Luna said. Police Officer George Hinggan negotiated patiently with the hostage-taker. The negotiations lasted for two hours until Police Officer Arwin Masa found a chance to grab the knife from Durian’s hand to at last free the child.
After the hostage taking, the victim remained in shock and was rushed to Cabuyao City Hospital where she was examined. She and her mother also received stress debriefing from Cabuyao Municipal Social Welfare and Development (MSWD) personnel.
Meanwhile, Durian is already detained at Cabuyao Municipal Jail. He will be facing charges of frustrated murder filed against him before the municipal Prosecutor’s office.
“Bukod sa frustrated murder, hindi rin natin pwedeng palagpasin yung paggamit niya ng ipinagbabawal na gamot,” Luna explained.