Hostage Crisis in the Philippines

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August 23, 2010 A deranged relieved policeman Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza hostaged Hongkong-Chinese nationals claiming 9 lives. It started around 7 am, broadcasted 10 am in television until 9 in the evening (Photo courtesy of http://news.yahoo.cHostage drama negotiator carrying several Hongkong tourists (Photo courtesy of http://www.google.com)Manila police SWAT team responding in the hostage crisis(Photo courtesy of http://www.google.com/)(Photo courtesy of http://www.google.com)Hongkong-Chinese nationals denouncing the outcome of the hostage drama in the Philippines (Photo courtesy of http://www.google.com)
August 23, 2010 A deranged relieved policeman Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza hostaged Hongkong-Chinese nationals claiming 9 lives. It started around 7 am, broadcasted 10 am in television until 9 in the evening (Photo courtesy of http://news.yahoo.c
August 23, 2010 A deranged relieved policeman Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza hostaged Hongkong-Chinese nationals claiming 9 lives. It started around 7 am, broadcasted 10 am in television until 9 in the evening (Photo courtesy of http://news.yahoo.c
Hostage drama negotiator carrying several Hongkong tourists (Photo courtesy of http://www.google.com)
Hostage drama negotiator carrying several Hongkong tourists (Photo courtesy of http://www.google.com)
Manila police SWAT team responding in the hostage crisis(Photo courtesy of http://www.google.com/)
Manila police SWAT team responding in the hostage crisis(Photo courtesy of http://www.google.com/)
(Photo courtesy of http://www.google.com)
(Photo courtesy of http://www.google.com)
Hongkong-Chinese nationals denouncing the outcome of the hostage drama in the Philippines (Photo courtesy of http://www.google.com)
Hongkong-Chinese nationals denouncing the outcome of the hostage drama in the Philippines (Photo courtesy of http://www.google.com)

Aftermath of Hostage Crisis

Nine lives of Chinese-Hongkong nationals were wasted due to the hostage drama staged by a deranged-relieved senior police officer named Rolando Mendoza last August 23rd, 2010 at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, Philippines.

When I saw the news happening on TV Patrol (ABS-CBN), alternately changing it to GMA News, 204 Oras, too;  I've noticed that the slow action of the assigned Manila police SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team delayed the saving of those 9 lives.

As the very nervous bus driver ran out from the bus yelling at the bystanders, media and police assault team that all the passengers were killed, the slow action of the SWAT team became noticeable and earned much ridicule from fellow Filipinos, the Chinese citizenry and other nationalities from around the world.

This became another dark night to all Filipinos, inside and out of the country.

TV Patrol World (Manila, Philippines Hostage Crisis) August 23, 2010 c/o apinoyako1

Re-training of Philippine National Police SWAT Team

There are many meaning of SWAT (Special Weapons and Assault Tactics) proliferating in the internet these days. Some of them are: Sledgehammer Whacking Assault Team...Sugod-Wait-Atras-Tago and othert negative comments.

In turn, many police officials are resigning voluntarily these days and some are forcibly relieved from the service due to the shame they've brought to the Philippine image in the world.

With the absence of several assault gears, like head mask and breathing apparatus, overall fighting gear, head lights and the like...how could they master such crisis if they didn't have the necessary equipment.

Sorry is not the right answer at this moment. Philippine delegation is already at the Hongkong soil. We just hope that diplomacy and respect will still prevail between China and Philippines.

And the training of police authorities should not be taken lightly.

24 Oras (Manila, Philippines Hostage Crisis) August 23, 2010 c/o apinoyako1

Hostage Crisis 23August2010 (Photo courtesy of http://news.ph.msn.com/)
Hostage Crisis 23August2010 (Photo courtesy of http://news.ph.msn.com/)

Repercussions and the Hate Messages on the Internet

Right now, I am in doubt that a "sincere " apology from the present administration headed by President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III and his cabinet members will be able to pacify the roaring anger and hate of the Chinese populace to the Filipinos, as a whole.

I cannot even think of any digestible reasons why the dead hostage taker, Captain Rolando Mendoza claimed innocent lives when his demands were not answered by the government instantly.

Right after the incident, one thing I've noted from the news was that:

  1. The Hongkong government abruptly issued a blacklist advisory to all Chinese tourists excluding the Philippines from their itinerary.
  2. One Chinese employer immediately fired his Filipino employee and sent back to our country.
  3. Hate and personal biases to almost all Filipinos are spreading in many social networking sites, especially Facebook and Twitter, calling us again "monkey" and other hate words.

The Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) noticed the immediate dropping of the number of foreign tourists who are visiting the country. Some immediately withdrawn their tickets and desire to visit us in this moment of crisis.

24 Oras August 24 part 3/5 - Manila Bus Hostage Drama Aftermath : P'noy , Nakiramay c/o IAMPINOYTV

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thesailor 6 years ago from Seven Seas

We should accept what happened, even it's so bad that it affected the Philippine image as a whole. A mistake of one, the faults of many...even our country.


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

You're right, sailor. You're so major, major right about this crisis.


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debugs 6 years ago from Odessey777, Umbris

Shit happens anywhere!


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@debug: This was the biggest 'SHIT'here in the Philippines today.


arriane 6 years ago

naw what so ever nlng.........


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@arriane: It is our destiny, so they say. Thanks! Let's just hope that this will be over soon and everything will be normal again.


ROXANNE 6 years ago

i am so mad at them andn those country who never stop to criticizing us..as if they are the most holly country in this world without any mistake that had been done to us..had they forgotten that the peoplewho feed,and cares their families are filipinos..we are victims too..


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@ROXANNE: All these heartaches and pains will just fade away..in time..I don't know how long. I believe that there are still 'goodness' in every person's heart.

To forgive and forget heal all wounds, no matter how 'deep' it is.


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Lita C. Malicdem 5 years ago from Philippines

Our police tainted its public image and it pulls all Filipinos down under, too, in the eyes of the world. Triggered by one deranged military official and then joined in by inefficient comrades, the clumsy police raises this question, why do we need the police? For the remaining goodness in some of them- bouncing back is everybody's concern. We need the police for our general welfare-to secure our life and property, not to destroy. This is embarrassingly true. Let's pray for the healing of wounds and move on.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Lita C. Malicdem: You're so right madam Lita. we shouldn't loose our trust to the police force in our country. There are bad eggs but majority of them are loyal to their country and ready to serve the people. I have a sister whose a police by profession. They recently had a 24-hour vigil due to the killing of one of their fellow policeman here in Naga City.


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denden mangubat 5 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines

i was laughing about the sledgehammer whacking assault team.the failure should give a lesson to perform better if another such crisis will occur.a hearsay that rolando was one of those who arrest the son of mayor lim accused about drug,and this make perhaps to relieve him from his position.but one good thing that makes me to adore us filipinos is that we retaliate it with prayers as christians for the victims


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

You're right, denden. We learn how to forget and forgive ourselves and move on to another challenge in our daily lives.


Marz 5 years ago

Hello, having read your comments I'd like to ask you to answer our survey about the news reporting of the Manila Hostage Crisis. Your insights will be very helpful to our study.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Marz: I'm glad to be of help. I'll be posting my answers on your survey in due time. Thanks for the hub-visit!

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