[Sorry, this serves as the Part 2 of my post on my thoughts on the hostage crisis]
Two days after the tragedy that was the Quirino Grandstand bus hostage taking, many people are talking about who’s to blame. There’s the incompetent policemen and the “scoop”-hungry media. And there’s President Noynoy Aquino.
I’m pretty sure you’ve watched the blow-by-blow account of the hostage drama. And where was PNoy? If you were keen enough to notice, he appeared in our TV screens hours after Rolando Mendoza was shot on the head. And that was almost midnight.
So the big question is, where was PNoy at the height of the hostage crisis?
I guess to sum it up: he was busy.
Busy talking to the Health Secretary Ona and Budget Secretary Abad. He was administering the oath of the sister of Gabby Lopez. He was having a closed-door meeting with local officials that he didn’t realize Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang (his counterpart, mind you) had been calling him for 5 hours now.
But, and according to Ricky Carandang, PNoy was monitoring what was happening and let the ground commander deal with the situation. He also assigned Tourism Secretary Lim and DSWD Secretary Soliman for the stress debriefing.
Still, he was busy. Until around 12 midnight when he spoke at a press conference and said, “my condolences and sorry.” Oh, and also gave fruits and flowers to the hostage victims confined in the local hospitals the next day.
So there you have it. Now we know where PNoy was all along.
When asked for a statement why he did not call for a media blackout at the height of the hostage crisis, he said that the government might be accused of censoring media.
Of course you’re afraid of doing that. You owe them a lot.
My favorite line from PNoy, when he was asked why it took him so long to release an official statement:
“We don’t need to publicize what we have been doing because one of the hardest parts of this day was controlling the kibitzers.”
Ayan kasi, nakiki-usi pa kasi…
And speaking of kibitzers, or usiseros in our language, I support Bong Revilla’s anti-“usisero” bill. People shouldn’t be anywhere near a crime scene or, in this case, the hijacked bus. Hey, it’s for everyone’s safety.
That doesn’t mean I’ll support any of his upcoming movies. Will have to think about that…