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The Peninsula Manila Posted Messages on its Website at the Height of its Takeover by
Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim on November 29, 2007
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Hotel Expected to Re-open December 3, 2007

The Peninsula Manila posted messages on its official website at the height of its takeover by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim on Thursday.

Official Statement on The Peninsula Manila 
 

November 29, 2007, 3:15 pm, Hong Kong Time 

The Peninsula Manila has been occupied by a group of gunmen. There are no reports of any injuries to hotel guests, patrons or staff, and the matter is being dealt with by the relevant Philippine authorities. 

The Peninsula Manila takes the safety of its guests, patrons and staff extremely seriously, considering it to be of paramount importance. As such, The Peninsula Manila is currently being evacuated and hotel guests are being transferred to neighbouring hotels. The Hotel will continue to liaise and work closely with the Philippine authorities. 

The Peninsula Manila is now closed until further notice. 

For media enquiries, please contact Ms Irene Lau, Corporate Affairs Manager of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited on (852) 9094 3153 or Ms Sian Griffiths, Director of Communications, The Peninsula Hotels on (852) 9026 5217. For general enquiries, a hotline has been set up in Manila: (632) 759 3010 or (632) 759 3011. 

Official Statement of The Peninsula Manila - Update
 

November 29, 2007, 19.00 Hong Kong time

The occupation of The Peninsula Manila by a group of anti-government rebels has ended, and the rebels have left the hotel. The matter is now being dealt with by the relevant Philippine authorities.

Hotel guests are currently being accommodated at neighbouring hotels. The Peninsula Manila takes the safety of its guests, patrons and staff extremely seriously, considering it to be of paramount importance, and the hotel will continue to liaise and work closely with the Philippine authorities.

The Peninsula Manila is now closed until further notice.

For general enquiries, please contact The Peninsula Manila hotline on + 632 759 3011 or + 632 759 3010.
For media enquiries, please contact Ms Irene Lau, Corporate Affairs Manager of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Limited on + (852) 9094 3153 or Ms Sian Griffiths, Director of Communications, The Peninsula Hotels on + (852) 9026 5217.

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An Update on The Peninsula Manila, 30 November 2007
 
30 November 2007, 13:15 Hong Kong time

Following the recent incident at The Peninsula Manila, the Hotel is now closed temporarily and will re-open for business at 3.00pm on Monday, 3 December 2007.

Guests with bookings for arrival before Monday, 3 December are kindly requested to make alternative arrangements for their visit to Manila. For assistance, please contact the Hotel on + 632 887 2888 or reservation.pmn@peninsula.com, and our staff will be pleased to help.

For general enquiries, please contact The Peninsula Manila on + 632 887 2888. For media enquiries, please contact Ms Irene Lau, Corporate Affairs Manager of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited on + 852 9094 3153 or Ms Sian Griffiths, Director of Communications, The Peninsula Hotels on + 852 9026 5217.


 

Hotel guests vacate Peninsula-Manila, give way to clearing ops 

November 30, 2007 - Manila - Source ABS-CBN News Online - Hotel guests of the Manila Peninsula in Makati City came in droves on Friday to get the things they left when they abruptly evacuated the place to make way for police operations Thursday.

Radio dzMM reported that the guests and those staying at the five-star hotel were allowed to get their personal belongings from their rooms initially searched by police.

Members of the Makati Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) arrived and began checking the 2nd floor of the hotel where the group, led by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim, former head of the Scout Ranger Regimen, holed out.

The two were protected by around 20 Magdalo soldiers, armed with automatic assault rifles and explosives.

During the clearing operations, the SWAT team recovered several hand grenades and weapons in some of the rooms left by the soldiers. 
Police also used bomb sniffing dogs to make sure that it was safe for guests to up to their rooms.

Operations of the hotel have been temporarily suspended due to the ongoing clearing activities of authorities.

On Thursday, Trillanes and Lim seized the hotel along with some civilians who supported the groupís call for President Arroyo to step down. 

Authorities managed to diffuse the situation and arrested the group after a six-hour standoff. 

Source ABS-CBN News Online

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Contact:

THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI HOTELS, LIMITED
8th Floor, St. Georgeís Building, 2 Ice House Street
Central, Hong Kong
Telephone: (852) 2840 7788

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Also See: The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels (Peninsula Hotels) Finds Demand for Quality Accommodation Remains Strong in 2007; The Peninsula New York Achieves Average Daily Room Rate of $732 at a 74% Occupancy for the Six Months Ending June, 2007 / September 2007
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