Manila Hostage Taking - What Went Wrong?

As everyone knows, the hostage-taking fiasco last Monday end up in a very disturbing manner. Nine innocent lives were wasted in a meaningless bloodshed. A group of tourists who came to the country to enjoy will be going home in boxes. It was a sad and horrible outcome like most of the seemingly getting common incidents of fear due to the relentless evil deeds.
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In the last article posted on this blog, I featured a web article showing how the media could do better in broadcasting cases of crisis like hostage-taking incidents. Now, the British Broadcasting Corporation-Asia Pacific (BBC) published an article entitled, "Ten things the Philippines bus siege police got wrong". It features comments from Charles Shoebridge, a security analyst who has worked in British Army and Scotland Yard for counter-terrorism.

Read the article below and see what could've done better by the Philippine police during the course of the bus siege.

Ten things the Philippines bus siege police got wrong -BBC
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Comments

  1. Those who are at fault are as follows: Hostage taker Mendoza, brother of Mendoza, Manila Swat team, Media (especially ABS-CBN and other Philippine media stations) when they had live coverage of the scene when Police tried to isolate Mendoza's brother. Media should not have shown this on live coverage. They should have shown this specific scene much later.

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  2. THE PHILIPPINES IS A BACKWARD COUNTRY. THE PROSTITUTION IS RAMPANT. PIRATED SOFTWARE AND PROGRAMS ARE RAMPANT. PIRATED HOLLYWOOD MOVIES ARE RAMPANT. LOTS OF THIEVES ON THE STREET BECAUSE OF HIGH RISE UNEMPLOYMENT. SCOUNDRELS AND ON THE STREET. CORRUPTION IS SEVERE. THE POOR GETTING POORER AND POOREST. THE RICH IS NAIVE AND DON'T CARE. WICKEDNESS ON THE RISE. FILIPINOS DON'T KNOW THE DIFFERENT BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG. WHAT A SAD STORY. MANY WORK AS HOOKERS BECAUSE LACK OF JOBS. UNEMPLOYMENT IS HIGH SOARING. YET THE GOVERNMENT DON'T CARE. ONLY COSMETIC WORK IS DONE. THE RICH IS DUMB. DUMB AND BLIND AS THEIR IDOL SAINTS. THEY WORSHIPS STATUES AND IMAGES. A ROMAN CATHOLIC NATION. LOTS OF WITCH CRAFTS ON EVERY SIDES.GAMBLING IS RAMPANT. MANY FILIPINOS ARE LIVING IN THE SHANTY. THEY ARE OPPRESSED AND HOPELESS. THERE ARE BARS AND BEER HOUSES ON LOTS OF CORNERS. LACK OF MORAL VALUES AND FIBER. ITS SAD.

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  3. the work of the media is to report and show what is the real thing happening around,the policeman and those authority are the one who are incharge with that said incident.so make sure that you authorities are doing your part perfectly, you are the law enforcer and dont blame other people with your mistakes.Media are just doing their part.

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