It is nearly a month today after the Quirino Grandstand hostage taking. That there were human lives lost, like had happened in other parts of the world, is harsh reality that can be accepted. But this one was viewed by the world as one awfully shocking fiasco by authorities, which has dragged everybody up to the President, in the search for who’s to blame.
A commission detached from the Department of Justice [DOJ] to investigate the matter was set up. The commission’s inquiry is over and its report was already submitted to Malacañang Palace. So, there is already a formal say on the matter for everybody and that’s it. The report has yet to be disclosed to the public. The world is waiting for that.
As already hinted by the DOJ secretary, about a dozen names to include a few media persons, are recommended for prosecution. Now this is interesting. I don’t believe anyone of them is going to jail. I don’t think there was a crime committed by anyone on the side of government and media unless there was intention by any of them to kill the hostages. A number of people probably did not deserve their posts entrusted them in government. There must have been a lot of lapses. Some stupidity might have been, at worst. But then they’re all there is for them there. To think that there was more would show utmost intrigue if not insane.
But, wait, there might have been reckless imprudence committed to warrant criminal prosecution. From where I look at and saw things, I doubt it, but who knows. The investigating commission who looked very close in there may have seen different from those seen by any Juan dela Cruz in the streets. People expect no stone left unturned.
The Philippine Senate did its own inquiry regarding the incident, too. Very provoking, however, is Senator Joker P. Arroyo’s citation of media as faulted for airing live the hostage crisis. That media should have not telecast it live because, as a result, it put the whole nation to shame before the whole world. I found it horribly disgusting coming deep from the mind of Senator Joker P. Arroyo who is considered a great legislator and a champion of the Filipino people. If reality has put shame on us all, then let’s accept that and be sorry for them.
What is more dignified, honorable and trustworthy than people who stand with the Truth? And, yes, courageous because sometimes truth can be painful.
And maybe hostage crisis management must include people TRUSTED by the hostage taker, whoever they are, among the negotiators, if it comes to that. It simply is crazy for people with distrust fixed in their minds to be seating together or negotiating it out.
For a former officer of the law to take hostages and to threaten lives, believing that the act will win him back his job, must be crazy. But, I think, former police Captain Mendoza still made sense when he decided not to talk anymore to people that he saw lied to him. To trust a liar is non-sense. That was very shortly before he started counting fast and then started killing his hostages putting his feet across the threshold of no return.
Where were we. Was the Senator telling media to air only what is deemed beautiful and to hide what is deemed ugly? Who deems what, and what is what? Media as a party to F cking the world? I hope the Senator does not really entertain the idea that media should be censored by the state.
Heroes don’t grow old, they only fade into their place in history. But this one does. He must be getting old. I think the Senator deserved it when ABS-CBN News & Current Affairs chief, Maria Ressa, gave it to him straight: That it is not business of media to prop up anybody and anything. That the business of media is to deliver true, nothing but true, and it was only doing that job!
Amen here. And since human values have been involved, may I add Ang hindi sinungaling ay may mga kapatid yan – honesty, atbp.
update Sept 22, 2010