Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Sigh

Feeling downtrodden today because of last night's events. It's just sad. Lives were unnecessarily lost. The hostage-taker did not get out of the situation alive. I cannot say his death was not forthcoming. What was he thinking? News say he was a decorated police officer. What drives a decent human being to do such a thoughtless thing? 

I feel for our policemen. What they called an "assault" looked like a scene from a 1980s slapstick movie. They were throwing tear gas without gas masks. They used machetes to break down windows and ropes to pull out the bus' door, to no avail. They were manifestly ill-equipped. What was supposed to be a quick assault turned into an hour of moving alongside the bus, back and forth, back and forth. The frontliners deserve our thanks for putting their lives on the line. Their commanders deserve to be chucked for thinking up and carrying out such imprudent operations. Again, lives were unnecessarily lost.

I fear our country's reputation has turned from bad to worse. China/Hong Kong has already issued an advisory against travelling to the Philippines. This story, written by a Filipino journalist, highlights how unsafe our country is for foreign nationals. So much for tourism, at least for the next year and a half.

But the persons most affected by this tragedy are the families that are left behind. Even the hostage taker was a family man, with a wife and kids and parents who took care of him and watched him grow up. The foreign nationals were not just Hong Kong residents to me and you, they were people with sons and daughters, and colleagues at work. They had neighbors who expected to see them pick up the morning paper next door today. Thank you Lord for helping them cope with the loss.

3 comments:

  1. It's so sad. This will be used to define the Philippines and Filipinos. I really wanted the police to do a great job. I couldn't believe they failed to yank the door open (among other failures last night).

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  2. Ako din! I was cheering them on, but couldn't help shaking my head in disappointment at the same time. Anobayun.

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  3. Thought of this just now. I have major, major issues with the way this situation was covered by the media, especially GMA 7. My goodness Mike Enriquez, you shouldn't be narrating whatever it is that the police are supposed to be doing in secret in order to pacify the hostage-taker. You were practically helping out the hostage-taker by giving him a blow by blow account of the police's operations. He knew where he was supposed to stand, where in the bus he was most prone to attack etc because he was probably listening on you. That's irresponsible journalism! Hmph!

    Had to be said.

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