A day after 8 innocent Hong Kong nationals got laid out flat because of the mishandling of the hostage crisis by the police and the media alike, we’re still playing the blame game. And when things are this bad I guess there’s nothing wrong with it, especially if your President is doing it too..
As he was reading the contents of the letter, while talking to an unknown individual on the phone, he became increasingly agitated.
The presence of his brother also added to the tension…
The thing is, while I’ve isolated my fair share of criticism towards our National Police last night, I think it would just be fair to share some of those to the media too.
As a guy in the field of communications, I understand that it’s the job of the media to deliver to the Filipino people what is happening as it is. They have their freedom and it is their rights to put whatever they want to put in the television, especially if the news is as big as it is. However, when we’re talking about life and death and you have a desperate man with a loaded gun, you have to put things into consideration.
Take this for example, the 1980 Iranian Embassy Crisis in the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has one of the most liberated press in the whole world. But, during that time where in lives were at stake, they managed to control and limit the access of the media, they even managed to convince the news stations to put a taped news on air, not the live ones.
Now, you’re not going to show to a hostage-taker what’s happening outside, let alone show him the arrest that you’re doing to his brother. While it’s the media’s rights and duty to show everything to their viewers, they have to think whether showing this to a guy who could basically watch you through the screen of the bus would help the negotiations or not. Yesterday it didn’t. And it could very well be one of the major reasons why 8 innocent people are dead right now.
Everyone knows that I’m against censorship and regulation when it comes to the media. But as I’ve said, when there’s a real thin line separating life and death, you have to change stances.
Media, during times like that, should be regulated. But don’t expect them to censor themselves out. Where’s the interference of the government when you need it? Where are the people which are supposed to draw the line between informing the people and helping the actual hostage-taker? That’s a line that needs to be distinguished. That’s where the government comes in. And they failed in doing that.
I don’t know what to say about our government. Really. I think they’ve failed as much as the police and the media. Where’s the DILG secretary Jesse Robredo when you need him? He didn’t even release a single word last night. How about Mr.Noy? Who instead of focusing on how to revamp the incompetent organization called the Philippine National Police decided to blame the hostage taker’s brother. It’s frustrating and disgusting at the same fucking time.
Someone needs to be sacked. I mean, if they could sack Prisco Nilo for failing to predict a typhoon coming, why can’t they fire the incompetent policemen for allowing 8 innocent Chinese people to die? Heck, fire PNP Chief Jesus Versoza at the same time too.
This is the cycle of mediocrity that I’ve been talking about for many months now. Now you know the result, and how bad it can be. Now you know the effects of having sub-par people on sub-par organizations with sub-par system. And until someone takes a stand on this issue, something that our President isn’t doing right now, things won’t change.
My heart goes out to the families of the people which got killed last night because of our incompetent system. I hope the government will make everyone involved in the mishandling of the drama accountable for the fuck up that they did, the sadness that they brought to the Chinese people and the shame that they brought to this country.
Written by bassman500
August 24, 2010 at 6:42 PM
Posted in Social
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