One month has passed since the Manila hostage crisis. Yes, that incident. It was shameful as it was but it does not make everyone in my country less as they are.
Anyway I have written these in the height of the blame game that quickly brewed up right after the tragic ending. I guess, it was so necessary. It was painful enough so each one needed someone, anyone to blame. So here I went:
Let’s blame the hostage taker. He’s totally out of his mind to have used people’s lives to get what he wanted. There was just no justification to his wrongdoing. Nothing.
Let’s blame the SWAT or those uniformed men we saw right there. We are just stating the obvious here. Let’s not beat around the bush and say that it was handled rather how it was supposed to be. I am a saying this, claiming no knowledge whatsoever of what and what could not have been done. But let’s face it, it was their job, their task to handle such a situation. It would be absurd to say that they had nothing to do with the terrible ending of the crisis, or that they did their best when we all saw that there was so much better judgment and action on their part wanting. Let’s just put it this way, we have teachers to teach, housemaids to help in our households and doctors to help the sick. It was their job to take on such a situation and they failed. They failed so badly.
Let’s blame the media. They were so lost in the big scoop unfolding in front of them, they forgot to take some cautious effort or better judgment. They forgot that that the blow by blow account of what was happening might be seen by the hostage taker and it might just blow it. And it did.
Let’s blame the onlookers. But at a latter thought, no, they had to be there. They just could not miss a thing. What if the police might need some assistance? Like an errand to get a high chair so that SWAT could climb up the windows, or, get an extra maso since it seemed that the officers would always lose hold of them. Probably it was too heavy to handle, so an errand could get a lighter one. They were just indispensable and I gather, the police thought so too, because they were allowed to be there the whole time.
Let’s blame the commanders, those people who were supposed to do the brainwork, those who could see the situation with their special skills, those armed with studies on hostage stuff, those who could better see it at a perspective and those who knew at what time and how soon the problem should end. We didn’t have a totally deranged man. We saw it. He tried to negotiate. But no, the brainwork people, I thought, knew better. So it had to take 12 distressing hours. And it had to end tragically.
Let’s blame the Ombudsman. I do not know much about our laws. Neither do I have a complete grasp of how an erring government official should be penalized or not. But how could one give such a negative letter to someone desperate and disturbed enough to hold people’s lives in exchange of a letter with a happy note. Oh, I forgot we have rules to follow and everything has to go through a process. So he should wait. Right!
Let’s blame the president. He was in a closed-door meeting. And the door was so tight-locked and the meeting was so important that the lives waiting to be taken at any time, and the international relations on the verge of a slit-throat had to wait.
But everyone now seem to claim that they have played their cards right.
So do we blame now the HK tourists? Let’s see.
They should have not ridden that bus and roamed around our country, for who knows a policeman who has sentiments against the government might hostage them.
Or the driver? He could not have driven that bus and took the job of touring the HK nationals. He shouldn’t have been a driver in the first place!
Or the airport? It could not have allowed these people to enter the country for who knows there might be a police officer who might kidnap and take them as hostages.
Or, the Quirino Grandstand should not have been constructed!
Obviously this is a sarcasm-stricken post. You see, there is just no point for a blame game. Everything is done now. What it takes is somebody, some people, standing up and saying, there was something wrong in there and that has to be corrected. But that shouldn’t end there. We CANNOT just choose to do or not to do or even neglect to do something which is called upon us and say that no one wanted it to happen, especially after loss of lives regardless of nationality or race. Somebody, some people have to take responsibility. -JDMO
So there. Now things are getting pretty well or maybe not. But surely people may start standing up and recognize their shortcomings. The President has started doing that. And I guess, it's just fair that we give everyone a chance. In the first place, I believe, deep inside my Filipino heart, that NO ONE wanted it to end that way.