|Hostake-taker Chief Insp. Rolando Mendoza|
IT was a very wrong decision.
Second, DILG secretary Robredo was there on the scene. He could have taken over the lead since the negotiations has taken a very dangerous turn. Robredo could have lent himself and negotiated with the hostage taker. He heads the police. His presence could have given some assurance to the hostage taker that government has heard him and has already taken cognizance of his case.
Robredo's adamance turned the hostage taking from promising to dangerously alarming.
Lastly, why did the police violently arrested the hostage taker's brother during the most crucial period of negotiations? Okey, granting for the sake of argument that the brother had a hand in the entire thing and they suspect him of being an accomplice, nonetheless, the police could have stayed their hand, used the suspect to gain further goodwill with the hostage taker and probably, arrest him AFTER the hostake taking incident.
Yes, the negotiations fell after the hostake taker heard his brother being arrested.The police is blaming the media for this. But, why blame the media when journalists were just covering the entire incident?
It seemed that the police orchestrated the arrest to further enrage the hostage taker. Why? Because they want to assault the bus and show the world how competent cops are in hostage situations?
Seven tourists got killed and we will never know if they were shot by the cops or by the hostage taker himself. Why? Because shortly after the incident, there was no attempt at cordoning the area and conducting a thorough post-mortem investigation.
Clearly, the entire thing was a classic case of a crisis management which went entirely wrong. I am contributing my book, " The Black Book on Crisis Management: How to Diffuse a PR Crisis in Just 3 Days" to the Philippine National Police. Send me an email for a copy of the book.