Well what a better day to write about this than on the death anniversary of Rolando Mendoza which is tomorrow, the former decorated police officer who was removed for corruption charges, demanded reinstatement, led a hostage crisis and died in the process. What I would want to tackle here is what Failipinos may purposely ignore is how the Pinoy National Patola was very poor in handling the situation. For Failipinos, they are already the best and that there is nothing to improve. For them, they are the greatest and nothing goes wrong. But the incident proves otherwise.
The incident can happen anywhere, yes it can but the tragedy could have been lessened in the process if it wasn't for incompetence by the Pinoy National Patola. So what was wrong with the police in that situation? They were not ready i.e. not even enough equipment. One can consider also the lack of tactical thinking. In the Art of War, you don't win the war always by strength, you also need deception. That was what was going on. They failed to apply the Art of War. It would also be because of this, the PNP is a never ready force, always mediocre and never responsive. The Failipino does not value quality and time and the PNP is proof of that. The fact they did not respond to the gunman's demands thinking it was just a bluff is proof of their stupidity.
If there was a sniper ready, they could have just gotten rid of him pronto or shot him at his leg and arrested him. But no, the stupid Commission on "Human Rights" would have probably cried if that happened. One must realize that murder and killing for self-defense is wrong. If a woman is being raped, she has EVERY right to kill her rapist in the name of self-defense. If a man is being attacked by a mad woman with a machete, he has every right to kill her. But no, Failipinos are too concerned about "human rights" never mind how often the lazy are rewarded and the diligent are punished at a DAILY basis, never mind how often the rich and poor gap increase to ridiculous gaps, never mind how often injustice is served because corrupt politicians don't get punished. Rolando Mendoza was no exception to that rule. He should have been shot to save the hostages.
One can realize the lack of response and responsibility. Why didn't the police prevent journalists from even entering the zone in the first place? It was their "job"? Oh please. Journalism ethics dictate that you DO NOT interrupt work. The journalists could have just interviewed later. Also, the police were stupid enough that by allowing journalists to enter, the hostage taker saw the broadcast from inside the bus of what's going on! That is not how you deal with warfare! Also, by letting the brother of the gunman negotiate, it just made matters worse as relatives can become a two-edged sword. In Failipino picture, they always stand by their kapatid (sibling), kamag-anak (relative) and kabayan (countryman) even when they are in the wrong... just check the Migraine International's activities of standing by GUILTY countrymen who should be executed in the first place!
One may consider during the negotiation, Roland Mendoza got down and why did they not just DISARM HIM? During the time he was standing alone, why not SHOOT HIM or DISARM HIM? In fact, the crisis was so unprepared for that it really resulted to one of the worst decorations of history. And yet all President Nobita could do was take the situation lightly? It was just eight lives? Oh please, those eight Hong Kong tourists that died were not cows and pigs, you can always buy another pet dog but you cannot replace your biological child in a store! And what took them to realize that gunning Mendoza down was the only solution left? They are just a gang of unequipped people compared to the taskforce police of developed countries like China, Hong Kong, Tawan, Japan and Singapore.
One may want to check the training of Chinese police vs. Pinoy National Patola. The Chinese police are all very well-armed, well-equipped, Meanwhile the Pinoy National Patola just don't take their training seriously do they? After all, blame the Pwede na Yan system for it!