Manila Hostage Crisis: The Cronies Strike Back

For some Anti-Pnoys, Christmas was last August 23.

The first tragedy during the Noynoy administration and all the sore losers from last election came out to pin every blame to the President. Never mind that Mayor Lim was the one who was in charge of the situation. Why should Noynoy takeover? Lim is the mayor of the city where the hostage crisis is taking place. He was a former NBI director and also a former policeman. He is better equipped to handle the situation than the president.

Now the minorities are saying that Ex-president GMA’s crisis management team could have handled the situation better, citing some incidents that they believe were handled properly.

I remember one of the incident stated.

The ATO control tower takeover last 2002 was resolved by killing the perpetrator. The guy had a pistol and a hand grenade with no hostage. The guy was not a trained policeman. And GMA’s response is to screw negotiation and ordered his death. Oh yeah, I was awake during this event listening on the radio. The guy, Villaruel, was screaming on his phone that he surrenders. A few minutes later, he was killed.

Now I know what some of you might say. You’ll say that lives are at stake here as the control tower guide the planes coming in to land. Let me ask you this. As soon as Villaruel died, do you honestly think that the people working in the control tower got back up and started working? Do you think that no equipment was damaged during the shootout?

Another thing stated was Gibo’s excellent crisis management skills during the Manila Peninsula Seige. Okay, this time the perpetrators are armed and trained, I’ll give you that. But do they even have any human hostage? Also, what was Gibo’s magnificent solution in solving the crisis? Do you even remember? I do. He sent a freaking tank to fire dozens of rounds on Manila Peninsula’s lobby. So that was his masterful handling of the situation.

Oh and let’s not forget his “masterful” crisis management skills during the Ondoy disaster.

The Taguig hostage crisis back in 2007? That lasted almost 24 hours and the hostage taker was killed. Also, take note that the grenade that he was holding exploded. LUCKILY, no one was hurt by the explosion. The event occurred in the Taguig Hall of Justice which I assume is spacious as  no one was hurt from the grenade explosion. Imagine that same situation except the venue was inside a bus.

BTW, if you think about it, the days before the Ampatuan massacre was a crisis too. The palace knows of the tension between the Ampatuans and the Mangudadatus. They even had a meeting with the Mangudadatus, asking them to withdraw their candidacy to prevent any violence from occurring.

The government did had a lot of mistakes made during the hostage-taking last August 23. But to say that GMA’s team was better in handling crisis is bullshit. Dos Palmas, anyone?


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