The Catbaloganons witnessing a real action - A hostage-taking at SSS Catbalogan this afternoon, sorrounded the place. (Photo by Lilith S. Tena/SWE)
The Catbaloganons witnessing a real action – A hostage-taking at SSS Catbalogan this afternoon, surrounded the place. (Photo by Lilith S. Tena/SWE)

CATBALOGAN CITY (UPDATED) — The hostage taker that held hostage his fellow employees at the Social Security System (SSS) Samar Field Office here has been proclaimed dead by his attending physician at Samar Provincial Hospital here.

The suspect identified as certain Patrocinio Dabocol, 48 years old, a resident of Brgy. 13, Catbalogan City, a security guard on-duty during the time of incident was declared dead at around 4:20 p.m. today, January 18.

Dr. Francisco Catalan who attended the hostage-taker said the suspect died with hypovotemia as the “cause of death” secondary to the gun shot wound.

Earlier, Dabocol held hostage his co-employees for still unknown reason at around 1p.m. wounding one SSS clerk and his fellow guard.

The bloody crime scene SSS office were being secured by the responding policemen. (Photo by SWE/Lilith S. Tena)
The bloody crime scene SSS office was being secured by the responding policemen. (Photo by SWE/Lilith S. Tena)

The quick response team of the police identified the wounded victims as Dionito Mate (or is it Junie Matic?), SSS Senior clerk of Catbalogan and another security guard Melvin Oliva. The two were reportedly shot by the suspect during the commotion.

PNP Regional Office 8 media relations officer P/Insp Romuel Nacar informed that PNP Samar Prov’l Dir Eusebio Mejos rushed to the office of the Social Security System (SSS) Samar Field Office located at St. Bartolomew sts, corner Taft Avenue where hostage-taking was reported.

Reports said the crisis ended at around 2:45pm this afternoon after the SWAT team move in when the suspect refused to negotiate, and after the time allowance given to the suspect to surrender lapsed.

The suspect was brought to Samar Provincial Hospital for medical attention after the hostage crisis in Catbalogan, January 18. (Photo by Lilith S. Tena/SWE)
The suspect was brought to Samar Provincial Hospital for medical attention after the hostage crisis in Catbalogan, January 18. (Photo by Lilith S. Tena/SWE)

Catbalogan Chief of Police Supt. Avelino Doncillo and SPPO director Mejos served as the ground commanders.

Catbalogan Mayor Coefredo Uy and Vice-Mayor Art Gabon also served as negotiator in the area. While local police force and Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team on stand-by.

In the process of negotiation, Dabocol refused to negotiate for more than an hour, which prompted the police to move in and shot the suspect.

Newsmen, photographers and bystanders stormed the area trying to get the first-hand information. Authorities, however, managed to control the crowds.

Initial report stated that the SSS guard, who supposedly protecting the employees and the establishment, hostage the employees for still unknown reason.

Wounded victims Mate and Oliva was rushed to a hospital in Tacloban City, while the suspect was brought at the Samar Provincial Hospital for medical attention. The latter, however, was later on declared dead by his attending doctor few hours later.

Few hours after the incident, relatives and friends of the slain suspect said he was kind. Some SSS employees hinted that prior to the incident, they heard the suspect having heated arguments with Junie about some company’s rules.

“Mabait naman si Mano Pat. In fact, he let us (employees and clients) go out in the building before the police arrived in the scene. He, however, refused that the wounded Junie (which he apparently shot in the upper body part) be also out,” said some of the employees.

A former colleague of the suspect also testified that, for once, the suspect worked for them for years, leading them to believe that the suspect is really a good man.

As of this writing, the police are now investigating the case.

CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO SEE ACTUAL ASSAULT DURING THE HOSTAGE DRAMA (Video courtesy of Rommel Rutor, DyMS Aksyon Radyo-Catbalogan City)