Reactions to IIRC Report on Mendoza hijacking debacle

The Incident Investigation and Review Committee (IIRC) submitted its report to Pnoy this 17th.  It was announced that the report must first be submitted to the Chinese government before it could be released to the Filipino public. It was not clear if the poor Filipinos would have to wait for Pnoy to come back from… Read More Reactions to IIRC Report on Mendoza hijacking debacle

Safety of hostages not prime consideration in bus hostage crisis.

The committee investigating the Aug. 23 tourist bus hijacking ended its questioning of witnesses last night. The committee has shown all and sundry that: The primary strategy of the CMC (according to Mayor Lim) and the national government (accdg. to DILG Sec. Robredo) was to simply tire out the hijacker The Crisis Management Committee (CMC)… Read More Safety of hostages not prime consideration in bus hostage crisis.

Bloody outcome of hostage drama in Manila: Signs of a Failed State

The debacle at the Quirino grandstand last Monday can only be blamed on the government and its agencies, particularly the police. In a desperate bid to right what he perceived to be the wrongs done to him, Rolando Mendoza hijacked a tourist bus containing 25 people, mostly Chinese nationals from Hong Kong. The hostage taker,… Read More Bloody outcome of hostage drama in Manila: Signs of a Failed State