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Death on radio for gunman in Philippines control tower drama

Filipino radio listeners witnessed a bizarre drama when a station carried a live interview with an armed ex-aviation chief as he was shot dead by police after seizing the Manila airport control tower. “We are being murdered here, my friend. I surrender! I surrender!” former Air Transportation Office (ATO) chief Panfilo Villaruel screamed in a telephone call to DZBB radio here as a police assault squad broke down the door atop the tower. A short burst of gunfire was heard, followed by labored breathing. Then there was only silence. The station carried a lengthy live interview with the 62 year-old former soldier and commercial airline pilot shortly after he and at least one armed companion seized the tower around midnight (1600 GMT Friday). The gunmen banished the air controllers, shutting down the country’s busiest airport. Full Story

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