MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – A hostage-taking incident has been reported at the SM Dasmariñas mall in Dasmariñas, Cavite on Sunday, October 9, initial reports say, leading to a lockdown of the shopping center.
A mall employee has taken hostage a female janitor inside one of the mall's toilets, dzMM reported, quoting Police Supt Rodolfo Hernandez, Chief of Police of Dasmariñas.
The incident "started as a domestic problem that was brought to the mall," according to Cora Guidote, SM Group's Head of Investor Relations.
"The local PNP and our security are working together to manage the situation," the company said.
Tenant personnel and customers are all safe and away from the hostage-taking area, the statement added. [source]