Apple Daily made this animated simulation of what was happening inside of the bus…
The monster cop was irritated after reading a letter from the officials.
Handcuffed tour guide was killed first.
The TV on the bus showed that his brother was arrested, he got even crazier.
SWAT team came, Liang Song might have been injured by the iron hammer used by the special police.
But is this really what happened in the bus and during the rescue?
(China news) BEIJING, Aug. 25 Xinhua website reported that according to the Hong Kong Sing Tao Daily, the incident of Hong Kong tour bus being hijacked by gunmen in Manila, caused the tragedy of eight dead and 7 injured. In response to the rumor of some of the hostages were shot dead by the police, Manila Police Commander Leocadio Santiago admitted that the some of the hostages may be shot during the exchange of fire between gunmen Mendoza and special forces, some may be killed by stray bullets.
Santiago said that the special police forces who participated in the operation have already turned over their guns to the authorities for ballistics tests. He was referring to the possibility of hostages killed by stray bullets, so the authorities ordered police to surrender firearms for the test. He said the police ballistic tests will be carried out in the police crime lab.
Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police spokesman, Senior Superintendent Agrimero Cruz said that they have completed autopsies on five of the killed hostages and found they were all shot dead, but he declined to say whether the bullets were from Mendoza’s M16, or from the special police force’s guns.
(Netease) Philippine Police spokesman Cruz said the police is investigating the hostage rescue operation on the 23rd. 4 commanders of the special police unite participated in the rescue have been suspended from the force. The reason for the suspension was to prevent them from “negatively influencing the investigation”
(Tianya) According to Hong Kong newspapers reported that after the tragedy of the killing of hostages, Philippine President Aquino III visited the site yesterday. He not only refused to respond to reporters questions, but smiled sarcastically, which was puzzling. As for responding to the poorly executed rescue effort, Philippine police insisted that the police did not make mistakes during the operation, after being booed internationally, they finally admit the obvious lack of tactics rescuing the hostages, and will conduct further investigation. In memory of the tragedy, the Philippine government sets today (8/25) as a national day of mourning.
(Netease) In addition, the Philippine President Corazon Aquino III made a speech on television said, the killing of Hong Kong hostages in the Philippines will have adverse impacts on the economy and tourism in the short term, but the Philippines Government is going to restore the confidence of tourists. He said the government will strengthen the capacity of the police force. He also apologized for smiling during the news conference on the 24th, he stressed that he is not happy about the incident and hope for Hong Kong people’s understanding.
As you are reading this letter, I bet that you have seen/heard about what happened earlier in our country.
Tourists were hostages of a policeman here, Rolando Mendoza. After a few hours of the horrible crime, some of the victims were dead including the hostage-taker.
I wrote this letter not just to apologize but also to let everyone know that we Filipinos are not all like Mendoza. We are loving and good-hearted people.
For so many years, our country has been standing tall and surpassing every dilemma; be it small or big. Years ago (back when I wasn’t born yet), you have watched us fight for what we think is right. We fought for the democracy of our nation.. The EDSA revolution. But that’s just one out of many.
Second. We Filipinos have been serving other countries for our families and we treat you as our own as well. With all due respect, I thank you all for giving us the trust through the years. For helping us to become what we are now.
The Philippines is more than just a group of islands. We are a nation of strong and remarkable people. A country of beauty and love known to be hospitable and well-valued. I humbly apologize for what happened tonight. No one in this world would want something like that to happen for life should be valued.
I politely ask the attention of the world. Please do not judge and mistreat us just because of what happened tonight. I have been searching the net and found terrible things. Hong Kong advices to avoid travels here, China and HK bans Filipinos and that Philippines is the worst place to go.
I can’t blame you for what you have decided but I hope that you could understand. Our country is now in a sea of problems. And I know for sure that we helped you in a way or another. Let peace and understanding reign this time.
I know that this letter will just be trash but I wish that you would understand. On behalf of the Philippine population.. WE ARE SORRY.
As a song puts it…
And I believe that in my life I will see an end to hopelessness, giving-up and suffering. And we all stand together this one time then no one will get left behind. Stand up for life. STAND UP FOR LOVE
Reigno Jose Dilao