Manila Bus Hijack Inquiry

Singapore
March 1, 2011 11:11am CST
I wonder if the news reported were off but I doubt it when the journalist(s) who's responsible could be held accountable, not forgetting bear the brunt of the law. I am sorry and hope that I do not offend any Filipinos here. After reading the article, I cannot help that the rescue party involved on that fateful day were nothing but a bunch of clowns and I just cannot believe what I am reading. Starting with the indecisiveness of the snipers, the commanding officer in charge on the scene and not forgetting the ill equipped and trained storming team. I can understand the snipers hesitation and incapacity to squeeze the trigger when they are actually under the command of their commanding officer of the scene. Yet, alarmingly the commanding officer is pointing his fingers that his snipers should take the initiative. Unbelievable! Then, there was the even more disturbing revelations of storming team from SWAT where they did not check the model of the hijacked coach bus especially the types of hydraulic doors and materials for their glass windows, which eventually cost them the much needed element of surprise and speed to enter the bus to rescue the hostages. And, I have to admit the joke when they claim that they did not equipped the storming teams with night vision goggles when they could not even think of using standard breach charges against the primitive and cumbersome sledgehammers. I do not know about you, but this is not the way to go - Philippines, I just feel utter disappointment, not forgetting disgust on the total incompetence from the authorities and the crisis response command center. How in the world did they get there in the first place? Read more: http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20110301-265838.html
2 responses
• Philippines
2 Mar 11
You have a good observations on last year's drama hostage in Manila. You're correct, like some authorities doesn't know the model of the hijacked tourist bus especially the hydraulic doors and materials used in windows and the total incompetence from the authority. I agree, no question about that. During that hostage drama, I'm talking to my wife while we are watching live at our television set, we have the same "idea" and what is that? If the President of the Philippines who made a "call, I" mean, he is the one who will negotiate to the hijacker, I think it will not happened that incident. It's simple, the hijacker want to be reinstate in his previous job as a policeman, that's all he wants. A lot of negotiator wanted to be in the 'scene' but unfortunately they did not succeed. The President has all the power to make things happen, he can make a decision right away (of course should not be against the law), he can talk to the hijacker, want he wants and he can promise that he will be reinstated as soon as possible or even tomorrow and he can promise also all his benefits will be given to him, that's all. The amount of benefits is something like 100,000 pesos compared to damaged in the property, the shameful Philippines, incompetent authorities and most of all, the lives of Hongkong tourists. A lot of blames happened in that incident and I hope it will not happen again. This is maybe a wake-up call to the Philippines.
• Singapore
2 Mar 11
annateresa, In the first place, you have to agree with me that your country already have the defense for every sort of crisis however, just do not have the right people. I hate to say this but the President should not need to be the negotiator - it is not his job when there are already people in the office to do it. However, I hope that he will reconsider with this fateful aftermath. This is indeed a wake-up call.
• Singapore
3 Mar 11
annateresa, Right now, if your President does not do anything about this and his incompetent henchmen, then he will loose everything including the country. I hope we will not see that day arriving.
• Philippines
3 Mar 11
I hope also that this will not be happen in the near future. You're right, the President still does not do anything with his incompetent henchmen. All of his incompetent personnel are all his allies, that's why he even defends to the media. Give our President, some spaces to do his homework , after all he is only on his 8th month out of 49 months of his service. Thank you very much, skysuccess, for exchanges of some views of unforgettable scene in Manila last year. God Bless Philippines.
@xtedaxcvg (3190)
• Philippines
1 Mar 11
Exactly the same sentiments as most Filipinos have. It's just sad that the people in charge in our country are either incompetent or just plain stupid. I guess we are to blame for this because we are the ones who put them there. Well, that's for the elected officials. I can't say much about the officers in PNP and AFP.
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• Singapore
2 Mar 11
xtedaxcvg, I hope that Filipinos would change their minds about these incompetent and unqualified people who are sitting in the office because indifference here will only be asking for more trouble and unnecessary bloodshed. SWAT, Crisis Response Teams, Anti Terrorists Teams or Commandos are considered special and elite teams who any one can depend and trust to do the job like this fatal bus hijack incident. Then, as you can see here, it wasn't to be and sadly the hostages were killed. So, I say remove these incompetent people and let those deaths will not be in vain.