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Manila Hostage Crisis next Sunday on National Geographic
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Watch another view of what really happened on August 23, 2010,when 21 Hong Kong nationals along with 4 Filipinos were taken hostage aboard a bus in Manila, Philippines.
National Geographic analyzes the events and what went wrong. November 20, 2011 at 11 PM.

Facts: Hostage Crisis Massacre

• The hostage taker was Ex-Police Senior Inspector (Captain) Rolando D. Mendoza.
• Rolando Mendoza’s demand was to be re-instated into the force.
• Rolando Mendoza was armed with an M-16 ArmaLite assault rifle.
• 8 tourists died by the end of the 11-hour hostage taking.
• The gunman stopped the bus in Rizal Park, one of Manila’s most famous public spaces, where it sat, with the hostages aboard, for the 11 hours.
• The driver of the bus, Alberto Lubang, was handcuffed to the wheel of the bus. He escaped during the violent bus siege by using a nail file attached to his keys.
• 88 percent of some 3,000 kidnappings and hostage incidents within the United States have been resolved through negotiations.
• Foreign relations between Hong Kong and the Philippines have been greatly strained due to this incident.
• The Hong Kong tour group held hostage by Rolando Mendoza consisted of three families, two couples, a mother and daughter, and the tour leader.
• At the end of the siege, 43-year-old mother Ng Yau-woon lost her husband and two daughters, and was left with a comatose son.
• 39-year-old Fu Cheuk-Yan died while trying to save the rest of the tour group.
• The Wong siblings were orphaned during the incident.
• An elderly woman named Li Tsui Fung-kwan complained of stomach pains and was the first to be released from the bus.
• President Benigno Aquino III, facing his first major crisis since taking office on June 30, declared August 25, 2010 as a day of national mourning, “in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong and the bereaved families of the slain.”
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With so much tragedy, courtesy of the incompetent handling of our government, a simple and sincere apology from the president would have meant more to the victims than making a big hee ho about a day of mourning, and if financial compensation would ease their grief, why not do it?

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ricca

1.) It’s disgusting how the police weren’t able to get any info (via text, mobile, military phone,etc).It’s so impossible how a live media coverage can’t alert a single officer. “Bara-bara” style tlga.

2. ) the media should toe the line and exercise prudence.Though it’s true that the public needs to know this,they should’ve weighed between giving the news and saving people’s lives. Gahaman kse tlga media natin minsan.

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What’s with the fake accent, Mr. Tulfo? Haha!

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so sad=( sana, the media and the police will learn something from this.  kakalungkot dahil maraming nasawi. mas nakakalungkot pag wala silang nakuhang lesson sa nagyari.

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When I went to Hong Kong October this year, I couldn’t shake off the feeling that there’s still this something between Hong Kongers and anything/anyone Filipino. I’m still ashamed of what happened and I have this feeling that I’ve been tainted by that event. I was ashamed to be Filipino while in Hong Kong. 😐

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Kittygo

of course they will not include the very first part where noynoy couldnt come to the phone when donald tsang called–rumor is that he was on xbox or with a hooker. you would think if you had a call from one head of state you would drop whatever it was you were doing—or holding. then his inaction totally killed (literally) the whole situation. i dont blame anyone but him. i hate to say it but if it were erap…

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They let the media took over. That was their biggest mistake.
They knew the gunmen was watching their every move and all their plans through the television.
they should have acted quickly and reported minimal information to the media, kasi mas lalong lalala pag ganun.

The incompetence of the police force and the decision making style of the president are the reasons why those people was killed.

No one had to die.

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Joanni Marie Bulanadi

This is what happens when the commander in chief lacks decision making skills.

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