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Manila bus hostage drama ends in bloodshed – questions the police need to answer, rate the police here

some things did not make sense:

  • the police did not seem to put enough effort to negotiate for a peaceful end. they rushed the whole thing and did not seem to bother to wait it out.
  • they had no control of the situation – media had too much free reign. crowd control was non-existent after the hostage taker was neutralized.
  • why did they want to arrest  gregorio mendoza, the brother of hostage taker ronaldo mendoza? they did the arrest in a most horrific way on live TV which the  hostage taker can see on TV or hear on radio inside the bus. that horrific arrest of the brother must have angered the hostage taker.
  • what is the point of arresting gregorio mendoza? did they have to arrest the man tonight?
  • the police did not think that kind of arrest will  agitate the hostage taker?
  • the police did not seem to have a clear and well thought out plan on getting inside the bus. clearly, they did not know how to get inside the bus – they attempted in at least 3 parts of the bus with each one a failure. they did not think that through? it took them more than an hour to get in and after failures.
  • the police put the hostages in mortal danger while they were attempting and failing to enter the bus. the failed attempts to enter the bus must have angered and made the hostage taker worried. it also allowed the hostage taker to take action against the hostages.
  • how did the hostages die? did the hostage taker take their lives or were they killed due to friendly fire?
  • why did the police lob tear gas inside the bus when  they did not know the situation inside the bus? where the hostage taker was and where the hostages were. they acted blind of the situation inside the bus.

Hostage-taker killed as drama ends
By Tetch Torres, Cathy C. Yamsuan
INQUIRER.net, Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 19:52:00 08/23/2010

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 4) It’s over. The dismissed policemen who held over 20 foreign tourists hostage for close to 12 hours was killed by sniper fire, according to a television report.

It was not clear whether there were survivors from those taken hostage Monday by Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza who demanded his reinstatement after he was dismissed on drug-related offenses, which he denied.

Mendoza’s bloodied body clad in fatigue pants and a red jacket which was used to cover the hostage-takers face has been taken away from the site and brought to the Ospital ng Maynila (Manila Hospital).

The law enforcers broke the windows and tried to enter the door of the stalled bus but were stopped by gunshots coming from inside the bus, footage showed.

Bursts of gunfire were heard from inside the tourist bus as lawmen have gone to the backdoor to force it open in the hope of seizing Mendoza and rescuing his hostages, footage on GMA Network showed.

A bystander, identified as a 10-year-old boy, was hurt following the gunshots and was brought to the hospital for treatment, according to the television report.

A police car moved closer while members of the raiding team continued to break into the back of the vehicle, video showed.


  1. tiffany
    August 23, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Poor handling and apparently they dont have a protocol to follow only surge of testosterone and emotions.

  2. August 24, 2010 at 5:34 am

    right: they gave food and refueled the bus. hunger and heat will only serve to agitate Mendoza pushing him to irrationality.

    wrong: Mendoza made himself a perfect target in the morning – several times. taking him out them could have prevented collateral damage. the only problem is our SWAT does not have any expert snipers.

    wrong: Arresting brother and nephew with media coverage. Mendoza was in that bus for alleged wrongdoing. Arresting his brother and nephew ‘for no good reason’ would surely agitate him

    wrong: takedown. and they call themselves SWAT? they do not even know where the emergency release is for the door. it took them so long to open the door – let alone use a sledgehammer and axe to smash it.

    wrong: allowing the media to capture the whole fiasco. if the world can see that we can not handle an ex-policeman turned hostage-taker, how much more a full-fledged terrorist.

    conclusion: useless PNP! stop wasting my tax you idiots!

  3. Mike
    August 24, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Search Yahoo News and the Philippines Hostage Taking crisis is the World’s Most Viewed article!!! Look at reader’s comments and you will be ashamed of being a Filipino. One big mistake by the authorities and the media put the whole Philippines in complete fiasco!

    Filipinos abroad prepare for the worst!!!

  4. August 24, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    This incident shows that how the justice system of the philippines rotten.If i have been in the place of Rolando Mendoza,i will do the same.People dont trust the goverment anymore. Only the powerful have the rights to do whatever they want and the poor become poorer and being neglected by the Authorities. This is true because i have already feel this kind of Neglection. Hope This incident will be a wake up call to all of us.

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