Philippines Hostage-Taker Surrenders

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A daycare-center owner in the Philippines surrenders peacefully after taking a busload of children in his care hostage and driving them to Manila's city hall. He was demanding better housing and education for the children.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

A man in the Philippines has given up an effort to win a better life for children by taking children as hostages. The owner of a daycare center was demanding better housing and education for the kids in his care. The daycare owner claimed he had an assault rifle, a pistol, and two grenades. Along with another gunman, he seized 30 children, he loaded them onto a bus along with several teachers, and he drove them all to city hall in the capital, Manila.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

At this hour, we're getting reports the children have been freed, and the Associated Press says the daycare owner has surrendered. This apparently is the second time the man has taken hostages to get what he wants. The last incident involved two priests who did not…

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