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The uncovered truth of the 823 tragedy in the Philippines

--- It's all about Money.

Last updated: 10:23am, 27 August 2010
Online since: 6:40pm, 24 August 2010

News: "陳又批評...漠視槍手提出 100萬元披索贖金訴求..." (蘋果日報 27-08-2010)

News: Manila bus siege police ignored elite army unit's offer (BBC 26-08-2010)

News: 倖存者﹕槍手索17萬退休金 (明報 26-08-2010)

News: 槍手多次索求 17萬港元 (蘋果日報 26-08-2010)

Before reading further, or you are too tired to read my long article, here are the 3 things I wish any visitors would keep in mind:

  • Don't be fooled by the filipino authorities and media. The hostage taker wants MONEY, but not the reinstatement of his job. Mr. Mendoza will leave all hostages alone (and alive), heading south, and never return to Manila, if he received a suitcase filled with 1 Million Peso cash notes.
  • Be mature, be wise, and be strong. Admit that the Filipino authorities have NEVER think of keeping all hostages alive. There's NO GUARANTEE at all from the very beginning!!!! They won't pay a single dollar in exchange with the lives of the hostages. This is not reported because the Filipino authorities hide it IN PURPOSE!!!
  • How many hostages were killed by the gunman, and how many were killed by the polices? May god tell us the truth eventually.


  • Tour Leader Mr. Tse being shot down by gunfire from the outside of the bus (note the annotations within the video).

    If you know me well, you would know that I don't like to speak. I mean I am talkative enough in front of real friends, but I hate to speak in front of the public and strangers, no matter what happened and how struggling I was when some big events happened. But for this time, allow me to express my thoughts and feelings from very deep inner place of my heart. As a person with strong relationship to the Philippines, who have spent a few years childhood age in the country, I have something to say.

    Firstly, I have to emphasize that, all the kidnappings happened in the Philippines, no matter the hostage takers were from well-organized anti-government guerilla, to your own private driver, it's the same. It's all about a simple single word - MONEY. Believe me or not, being living in the "Capitol of Kidnapping" for some years, all the kidnapping cases I've encountered, no matter in what situation, with what kind of background stories, that I have ever, ever heard about or encountered in person, were eventually asking for MONEY. However, I have to add that, it would be fair enough to say, the situation is much better now in 2010 despite there are still around over 100 cases/year in average, and unfortunately, most of the targeted hostages were Chinese people.

    I am sorry to tell but the truth is, filipinos have already get used to this kind of kidnapping incidents. They also get used to the fact that hostages are commonly Chinese. So my friends, don't ask me any more questions like "why the filipino authorities/polices react so slow/stupid/act so dangerously"………etc. Come on, the answer is that they simply DON'T CARE about the lives inside the bus. PERIOD. It is just like how Hong Kong people get used to street demonstrations, filipinos get used to kidnappings. This can be proved by the irritating laughter you've heard during the live broadcast of the incident, and the disdain face of the new President of the Philippines, Aquino III when he had his site visit last night. I am not trying to trigger any racial hatred or whatever similar, I am just trying to tell the truth based on my understanding to this country. But I am sorry to say, you are too pure if you expect the filipino government or polices to react on this kind of situation as serious as that it is happening in Hong Kong or any other developed places. However, to be fair, I have to further emphasize that there is no real hatred on Chinese in the filipino world, the Philippines is not like Indonesia (link). Most of the Chinese lives there peacefully together with the filipino people, although the former is dominating the country's economy. The Chinese community is already an indispensable part of the country. Perhaps, it is something more complicated than simple hatred. In a very little portion of filipino's heart, I would say, jealousy exists. However, I would assume that this is a normal phenomenon in the rest of the world, where poorer people will sometimes jealous richer people.



    Filipino "snipers" sprayed weapons fire, regardless many hostages were located in the fore part of the bus. No wonder that there was a rumor claiming that THREE hostages were killed by the snipers' shots.

    So, back on the incident, my very personal conclusion is, this hostage taker is simply asking for MONEY but not really the reinstatement of his job. I could not even reason it with my brain, so could you? Even he is the most stupid person in the world, would he ask for a reinstatement of a police position by an absolutely illegal kidnapping exercise???? NO!. Could you reason it? I think none of you could. It just simply doesn't make any sense.

    The hostage taker was already 55, what he was looking for should be a retirement plan (this could be the ransom, or his original retirement benefits), but not a police job. Well, simple enough? In my opinion, his background, underlying stories, are all just a beautiful decal of his ugly, selfish kidnapping action. There MUST be MONEY TERMS involved during the negotiation between him and the Filipino authorities. OK, I have NO evidence. DON'T ever ask me to provide any evidence to prove this is true. "Here is not a court. We don't need any evidence here.", quoted from a popular dialog of Miss Louise Lee Si-Kei(李司棋), a famous HK actress. If you've got pissed off by my words, send me an email, show me some evidences to prove my words are wrong instead. Ask the filipino government and see how they reply on it. Ask them, "Is there any money terms involved in negotiation process?", and see how they would answer.

    Up to now, at 6:40pm of the 24th August of the year 2010, there is no any report or any single piece of word regarding the detailed negotiation process among the authorities and the hostage taker, and you shouldn't expect any true one will come out unless another miracle is made by god. The government had never told, and will never tell the truth to the media that the guy was actually asking for money and they refused him just because they want to save their pocket and reputation. The authorities also desire a beautiful step to get off the stage. According to a survived hostage, Mrs. Leung, who lost her husband and two children in the tragedy, keep asking that why the filipino government are not "paying money" to the hostage taker in various media interviews right after the incident. She was sitting in the fore part of the bus where the gunman usually stay, and perhaps she could hear some negotiation details (maybe some English words, such as "Money", was included in the gunman's tagalog phone conversations).

    It is useless to say anything at this moment. So why am I speaking? Well, I want the victims, their families and the HK public to get a chance to study another possible side of the coin. I am a kind of person that, even if I die, I want my family knows why I actually die. I believe in justice. The information provided by the media may not be 100% reflecting the reality. There are still many underlying myths, especially in the details of the entire negotiation process that hasn't been uncovered. I am also extremely angry about that the president of this country is shirking his responsibility in such a non-sense, compassionless, violent, arrogant way, in his so-called press conference. However, no matter how he avoid, he cannot shirk the responsibility of the country's prolonged poverty and corruption problems.

    As an ordinary Hong Kong people, I would like to express my sincere condolences to the victims' families. I sit by the TV during the entire kidnapping process, from day to night. I felt I was so weak that I couldn't do anything to save my own people's innocent lives, although it wouldn't be really difficult (simply by paying him money). I am also sorry for my poor English as I have no energy to type all these in Chinese. Another reason I am using english is that I hope this article can alert the rest of the world, especially the media to change their focus point on this tragedy, something more should be UNCOVERED!!!

    So, all in all, what could probably give a chance to those 8 innocent people to get survive? What would I do if I were the person in charge? Simple. Put 1 million Peso cash notes, a compass and a map into the lunch boxes and send it to Mr. Mendoza, then move a car to the entrance of the bus with the door opened and a replacement hostage inside (to let him feel safe along his route of escape). You will see him driving, with a satisfaction face, heading south, rushing towards the most poorly ruled region of the country. Unfortunately, reality are always cruel. My assumption will never be happened. I couldn't sleep last night. So could you?

    Author: a Filipino Chinese who grows up in HK.

    (If you have any questions/feedbacks/comments on what I have posted here, please send an email to lammaisland@gmail.com, I will post your feedback with my answer in this webpage, thank you.)