Soldiers, civilians rounded up
Authorities have rounded up the remaining Magdalo soldiers involved in the six-hour standoff and herded them to one side of the Manila Peninsula Hotel lobby.
The soldiers were ordered to strip to their shorts and lie face down; their hands were bound behind their backs.
Two Magdalo soldiers–Armand Pontejos and Francisco Bose–were reported missing.
Authorities have banned journalists from taking footage inside the hotel.
Members of the media and other civilians, including Francisco Nemenzo, Bibeth Orteza and myself, were prohibited from leaving the hotel.
PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group’s Asher Dolina told us we’ll be taken to Bicutan for “processing.” Intel officers are taking photos of us.
I have asked the Malaya news desk to provide me a lawyer, in case I need one.