the hundreds of blunders that made up yesterday's fiasco of a hostage rescue

Philippines
August 23, 2010 11:33pm CST
There's just too much bad news on TV. Yesterday's coverage of the hostage situation was just plain frustrating and disappointing! Too many people were involved,and I personally believe that that was what set the hostage-taker off into a killing frenzy. The SWAT team was a major disappointment, and the media was just plain irresponsible, putting ratings over rescue. Guys, let's make a list of the hundreds of errors that led to yesterday's sad ending.
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@TheAdvocate (2395)
• Philippines
25 Aug 10
The negotiators had only one scenario in mind, and that was to talk down the hostage-taker. So they did not come prepared. They had to share the mallet which ended up inside the bus when it was clumsily handled by a policeman. There was no centralized command, a lot of people who wanted to help but no direction was given. PNoy is too cautious it seems. Nobody wanted to take ownership of the situation. It's a laundry list of incompetence.
@webzap (885)
• Philippines
24 Aug 10
The hostage taker doesn't even ask for ransom. He was just asking for a very light demand of clearing his name for what he has done two years ago, being reinstated and serve again in the system. If only the authorities granted his request then no bloodshed has ever happened. They can always charge him of another crime later - hostage taking.
• Philippines
24 Aug 10
What else to say, it ended up so bad that we cannot turn back the time to revive people and change the plan. It was orchestrated by a person who was at the end of his rope but was frustrated even more when what was laid on him was refused. Our country suffers shame and humiliation about what happened. We need a very serious training and educating our policemen together with advancing our strategy when it comes to hostage or even kidnapping issues. I wonder also what our President does during that hostage crisis, I was not in Phil. and I happen to hear the story on news online. It's very disappointing upon hearing this. PNoy really still lacks decision to keep the situation under his control, i think Binay should have done even better if he was seated in DILG, just my own opinion. So sad to hear that many lives have been lost and Philippines has a bad image for that. I wonder what did they do the most(Officials) during that 11 hrs. of hostage drama. How I wish it was just a nightmare, but its not.
• Philippines
24 Aug 10
It's a success movie but a completely screw up way. this is just too much i believe.
@ada8may21 (2419)
• Philippines
24 Aug 10
I really have no clue of what is going on yesterday until I have my last class in the evening. Everyone of us in our class was no idea about it. Because we are all busy doing our work. Its only our teacher who informed us about it. But when I saw the late news. I could say that a lot of mistakes that occurs in that situation which resulted to a terrible scene. First I notice, that the negotiation is not that good and effective at all. Second the move of the police man are not that impressive seems they are afraid of the hostage taker and they dont want him to take down. Third, they waited for 12 hrs before they could move and do anything. What a lame and irresponsible policeman. That is just my view.