Words are not enough.

24 August 2010

I am sure by now you've already heard about the awful incident that transpired in our country yesterday when a former police officer, Rolando Mendoza, took a busload of tourists from Hong Kong under hostage. Eight hostages were killed and seven were injured before the hostage-taker was shot dead in the 10-hour standoff. You can read the full report here.

Local news channels gave a blow-by-blow account of what was happening: the attempts of the SWAT team to take over the bus and their embarrassing failed attempts to do so, gunfires being shot left and right, bystanders wanting to see the action firsthand (with one being shot as well), and gruesome shots of bodies being carried out (which IMO should not have been shown. I mean, that is part of Journalism's Code of Ethics, people). Really, it would be funny if it wasn't so tragic.

My heart weeps for the victims and their families. My prayers are with them in the long grieving period ahead. My head is hung in shame over the incompetence and lack of training of our police force. What do we do when the same people who should be protecting us from the bad people of this world are the ones doing these awful acts? Words are not enough.

In the words of DJ Mo Twister, why are you bad, Philippines? :(

I still love you, though.

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