Just my opinion - Aftermath of an issue: the Manila hostage crisis.
By n.d. a.k.a. nestor
It started from a simple city tour and ended up in the night full of tragedy. It was the entire Monday, August 23, 2010 and the stage was at the Quirino Grandstand in the City of Manila, but this is not a drama. It was action and suspense, in fact. But this time, no stunts or what-so-ever props. It’s plain police versus suspect plot and bullets and bloods are everywhere inside the Hong Thai Travel bus that parked on the road occupying the grandstand. Anyone whom had heard the live feeds on radio and saw on television would have been in different and unexplained emotions at that time. And it all boils down to one finish: a disastrous one. A certain Rolando Mendoza hijacked the bus that contained 20+ Chinese nationals whom were touring Manila for the last day of staying here in the country and killed 9 of them after seeing his brother getting arrested (and Greg actually attempts to resist it but to no avail) by the Manila Police District live on television. And after almost two high-tensed hours, he was killed by the MPD’s SWAT team despite numerous failure attempts.
Since then, Hong Kong can’t help to get thru their national’s emotions but to insult our country for failing to secure the human’s safety. They blacklisted the RP the first thing after the crisis and days later sent an insult letter to President Benigno Simeon Aquino III. Then few weeks later, the case was still under investigation through the hearings of Senate. And pointing fingers are shown in any angle of this case.
Well, it’s been some 7 weeks since the tragedy and the issue is hardly seen or heard. But this is just my opinion and the question is: WHO’S TO BLAME? It’s hard to make comments on this though perhaps some of notable choices are.
Primarily the negotiator and this includes the Manila City Vice Mayor Isko Moreno. Well I was wondering why he should put to blame. Maybe because of lapses occurred during the negotiation period and too bad I can’t recall the name of the chief negotiator on the part of Police (since this issue is quite dead already.)
Philippine National Police and Manila Police District. Clearly they should have gone to their trainings better, especially for the people assigned to the Special Weapons and Tactics. No wonder why Filipinos are making fun of them. However, citizens should be blamed too. The police had committed the mistake already, and yet these idiots still make fun of them instead of to feel sorry for the Chinese Nationals. I know there are issues which Filipinos pointed out against Hong, but too bad. It’s not part of the trend anymore. In Filipino saying, “hindi na siya napapanahon.” Ain’t that a bullshit kind?
Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim. Since he leads the city is definitely not a valid reason, but leaving during the crime scene is definitely counted there. However, let the guy speak and clear it. The justice (hopefully) should speak for the truth.
National Government and that includes PNoy. They say Aquino had a part of accountability during the hostage drama since he was the head of the state, and the so-called “command responsibility?” well, he apologized though I believe that there’s somebody who should say “sorry” than him.
Media. Another big BLUNDER (or foolish mistake) aside from the police. It is clear though, they cover the entire story out of their possible scoops, agendas and whatsoever. The police failed to keep the distance away from anyone witnessing the crime scene and “crowd control” was totally not present to the scenario. The media should learn to self-regulate. And by regulating means knowing where to delay the live feeds, be sensitive to the issue, delay delivering the news, etc. As simple as that!
However, I will rather think that this fight is over. Let’s move forward and learn from our mistakes committed so that we may be able not to repeat the bad side of history again, even on the different date and event. And please, STOP POINTING FINGERS AND SHOUT ACCUSING NAMES TO THE OTHER.