Manila Bus Hostage Taking Shocks the World – A hostage drama in Manila, Philippines which lasted for 11 hours and caused the death of about 8 Hongkong (Chinese) nationals drive shock waves around the world.
Repercussions of travel advisories against the Philippines might just be the consequence of the event that happened, Monday, August 23 at the Quirino Grandstand (Rizal Park) in the Philippines.
A certain Police Senior Insp. Rolando Mendoza boarded Hong Thai Travel and Tours and declared a hostage at around 8:00am Manila Time. The bus had 22 foreign nationals and 4 Filipinos as passengers. The hostage taker then commanded the driver to bring the bus to the Quirino Granstand.
The motive of the hostage taker according to reports was to bring to the attention of everyone including the media the injustice done to him when he was dismissed from the service just 2 years before his retirement.
Police Senior Insp. Rolando Mendoza, was a former member of the Manila Police Squad. He rose from the ranks and had been a multi-awarded policeman. His fellow police officers speaks about him as one with dignity and honor.
This was shown yesterday as he talked with negotiators and then started releasing hostages. It seems that he will not really kill anyone. Then night time falls, his brother was arrested and carried by police like a wild pig. It was an inhuman arrest for me.
The hostage taker seeing all of this unfold on video perhaps was torn apart and lose hi mind. Gunshots was heard inside the bus and then the police snipers began assaulting the bus and firing gunshots at him. The bus moved, more gunshots, and then the bud driver run out and told everyone that everybody was killed.
Luckily the police proceeded slowly and did not assault the bus because th driver was wrong, for there are still survivors inside the bus. About 4 or 5 survivors were rescued and some 8 people were dead including the hostage taker.
A Philippines News site, The News Around Us published an article saying that the whole situation was mishandled, “Police say that they believe Gregorio Mendoza was an accomplish to the hostage taking because he is present at the scene of the crime. But if you happen to be the brother of the hostage taker would you not be there? Would you not care to see what happened and bring sense to your brother?”
“The motive being raised by the police and their reason for arresting Mendoza’s brother for me was illogical and if they had been more prudent the whole bloody ending could have been avoided,” said the article.
Besides this article, majority of the commentaries on other newspapers specially in local Philippine news media and online pointed out the same sentiments.
Did the Manila Police mishandle the situation? Was the media at fault? Or was the whole situation unavoidable?
If there is one thing we are sure of, the aftermath of the whole Manila Bus Hostage Taking shocks everyone.
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