It's a sad sad day.
7 tourist hostages were killed in the hostage situation in Manila by an ex-police officer. I dont know if he actually killed them in cold blood or were they killed amist the strays of cross fire when the police finally started to throw in tear gas and firing at their targets. All I know was everything was done too slowly.
Sigh...We all know the "efficiency" of some countries dealing with crisis..but this really was unnecessary death. So what if we demand answers and accountability from the country's government? All too little, all too late. Lives are already wasted and gone. Nothing said will bring them back, or make any sense to this mess.
As I was watching the report live on TV, what was mortifying was to actually hear people laughing in the background during the dead silence and tense moment. Not just once, several times. What could actually be so funny in hostage situation like this is beyond me? I have no doubt it aint the reporters. It could only come from the local crowd milling around to see some "real action". I wont think anyone will be laughing that much if its someone close to them on that bus.
When the gunman finally slumped out of the shattered glass door, with blood gushing out of his wounds, I still felt sad for him even though he had performed a hideous crime of killing innocents for something they didnt do. How does any of this justify his actions? If he must go after someone, well in my opinion, go after the people whom you think have falsely accused you, leave innocent people alone. Widespread corruption in Philippine is not unknown, but how does doing what you do today convey anything?
Violence never solve anything. Forcing people to listen to you wont achieve the results that you want either. Why hasnt anyone learn that by now?