comments about philippine president arroyo about ducat's hostage act.

Philippines
March 28, 2007 9:06pm CST
Philippine Pesident Arroyo stated that the philippines was put to shame in the eyes of the whole world when he hostaged 31 kids and two teachers last March 28, 2007. We all heard the cause of Ducat's act. He was protesting the corruption and anomalies of the present administration. The promises that noe were fulfilled. Do you agree with the president? Please explain your answer? Must he be prosecuted? Or not?
7 responses
@dyupe_moe (225)
• Philippines
29 Mar 07
Although it is evident that the government is really inconsistent when it comes to graft and corruption, ducat shouldn't have done this shameful act. Even if he wanted good out of it because he only demanded education, he shouldn't have involved innocent children in his circus act which attracted multitudes of media men from all over the globe. By the way, isn't he running for a seat in the city government this may? Hmmmm... now it makes sense...
• Philippines
29 Mar 07
Do you think he can still make it after what he has done?
• Philippines
29 Mar 07
Wow. That's another thing that I don't know about. That he is running for office. That brings about another angle to this event. I don't know much about this person. Will it be the first time that he will run for office? Or has he been in politics for quite a time now? And how long has he been funding these kids' education? Maybe those questions need to be answered. It kinda gives a hint of political ambition as one of his motivations to do such act if not the only reason.
• Philippines
29 Mar 07
I heard that he was running for councilor in Tondo, Manila.
@lonely_f16 (2147)
• Philippines
29 Mar 07
I just don't like the way he hold innocent children for him to be heard of what he want to say to the present administration. He is just plain ambitious if he thinks that in doing that, he'll be able to change the corruption here in Phil. It's like he is doing a bad thing for a bad thing to change? I still agree with the President. I think he must be prosecuted for raising such alarms especially in the hearts of the worried mothers and fathers of the children.
• Philippines
29 Mar 07
The funny thing is that the parents are not pressing charges. During the hostage-taking, one father was said to be "relaxed" watching the news on the TV. One mother even called Ducat their hero. And that makes me wonder if maybe, they know Ducat well enough to entrust their kids to them or maybe helped them one way or the other because from what I heard, he is funding the kids' education. And these are the parents who are supposed to be worried and angry. That really makes me wonder.
@repzkoopz (1895)
• Philippines
29 Mar 07
thats because those parents do know mr. ducat. he's the one responsible for the free-schooling of those kids. and i think they know pretty well that mr. ducat does not intend to hurt those kids. c",)
• Philippines
29 Mar 07
What Ms. Arroyo said was just a restatement of obvious facts. That we are being shamed is just a subjective response from her given the light of the situation, its hard for her to accept realities sometimes (sans the drama of apologizing to the nation that she is a cheat). Hello Garci was not shameful, unverified overseas accts are not shameful, killings of journalists are not shameful, etc. Anomalous things that she is not aware of are always shameful. Ms. Arroyo is being herself on that situation, predictable & sly - just like any other politician. I wished Mr. Ducat could have done it (or anyone for that fact) on a busload of government officials, being in the contracting business himself he could have it on DPWH officials, that could have meant something. The essence of his idealism got lost when it was done on 6-10 yr olds. Im just sorry for Mr. Ducat now, he wont even have the chance being a heroic footnote but lowly dirt criminal. I just cant put myself to condole no matter how rightful was his actions, not on innocents.
• Philippines
29 Mar 07
Haha. A busload of government officials. Now that'll be great! Minus the pizza and bedpans. lol.
@tombiz (2039)
• Philippines
30 Mar 07
We all have complaints. We all have problems. We all have frustrations againts the government. But i could not imagine ALL of us hostaging small children (even those close to us) to get the message accross. Since it had already transpired, I would say congratulations to him and the children, they are now assured of good education (courtesy of AMA) but i must also say a condolence to him because I believe he should be prosecuted. A wrong thing could never be corrected by another wrong. However, I sympathized with his cause but only with the cause not his act.
@natalie1981 (2000)
• Singapore
29 Mar 07
My take? He's just been planted by one of the trapos. I haven't seen the whole scene but I heard Chavit arrived to "save the day?" Don't know if that's true. First off, why weren't the parents there to accompany their children in the "field trip?" I mean, when kindergarten have field trips, it's very unusual for the parents to leave them all in the hands of just one guy. Secondly, the guy already did a hostage before and got away with it. There's just something fishy about all of this. About the Philippines being put to shame? Well, the president already did that all by herself by cheating in the elections. She should first look at herself before pointing her fingers at others.
@repzkoopz (1895)
• Philippines
29 Mar 07
personally, i agree with ducat's cause. i believe he is a good person, as described by sen. revilla and some parents who knew him. i don't think he inteded to harm those children. and i think GMA is concerned because ducat was talking about corruption, considering the country was tagged the most corrupt a few days ago. but even though i agree with ducat's cause, he should still be prosecuted. and thats because of the way he used those kids to bring up his sentiments. he should've known better..
• India
29 Mar 07
Well lets start by saying that if our hostage taker just wanted to protest against corruption and anomalies of the present administration taking children as hostages is a cowardly way of doing it. Just think of the agony he's caused to so many parents at least during the initial stages of hostage taking. I fhe was so disgruntled with the administration I think there are enough and more avenues to lodge your protests. And yes it is indeed shameful for a nation that such an incident should occur. In a way it reflects the failure of the government. I think a wrongdoer must be prosecuted because if it is not done it can encourage such incidents in the future. Crime in anyways is punishable.