There are four things I want to say about the hostage situation yesterday at the Quirino Grandstand.
1. Former Senior Police Inspector Rolando Mendoza should have been put in jail for hulidap instead of dismissed from the service. I always wonder why most scalawag policemen are merely transferred or dismissed when they are found guilty of abusing their position. Mendoza’s bloody caper shows us how we are unleashing these scalawags to do more harm.
2. The bloody aftermath of the hostage situation shows live to the whole world how lousy our elite police units handle hostage situations. Amateur airsoft groups in Cebu could have done a better job.
3. The bloody hostage situation victimized tourists from Hong Kong — at least seven died — of sending out the message in dramatic fashion that tourists are not safe even in the busy streets of Manila, not just in the jungles of Basilan.
4. The whole incident convinced me all the more: Bulay-og gyud diay ang atong kapulisan.