Hostage taker frees mistress, 3 nieces after 3-hour drama PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 16 March 2014 14:23

A three-hour hostage drama ended with the hostage-taker arrested and his face bloodied from blows delivered by arresting officers.

The drama started around 12:10 p.m. when Banjo Caliboso, alias Jun-Jun Waja, 34, married,  an alleged drug pusher, seized his mistress Annabel Beronio and her three nieces age 11, 15 and 19.

Sta. Catalina barangay officials led by Chairman Jimmy Villaflores and Kagawad Boy Arabi convinced Caliboso to surrender and turn over his .45 caliber pistol loaded with five bullets and a kitchen knife after three hours of negotiation.

Annabel’s three nieces told DZT that they were inside their house together with Beronio around 7 a.m. when Caliboso arrived and engaged her in a heated argument because of jealousy.

When Beronio went inside their house, Caliboso followed her and both continued arguing.

Around 12 noon, Caliboso pulled out a .45 caliber pistol and threatened Annabelle and the three nieces.

The incident was reported by neighbors to the barangay council of Sta. Catalina and to the police.

Villaflores, Arabi and some policemen started negotiating with Caliboso that ensued until past 2 p.m.

The negotiation became successful after Caliboso handed his pistol to Villaflores and Arabi and freed his mistress and the three nieces.

Caliboso and Beronio were placed under investigation while the gun and the knife were turned over to  investigators for the filing of appropriate charges in court.

Beronio told newsmen that Caliboso got angry after she ended their affair a week ago as she planned to leave the city and look for a job elsewhere.

Caliboso said they had their affair for more than seven months.

Caliboso is married to another woman with whom he has four children. – Dan Toribio Jr.