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Puzzling behavior FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 09/11/2010

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Puzzling behavior

Ninez Cacho-Olivares
What really puzzles me about the hostage crisis that ended in a bloodbath where eight Hong Kong tourists were killed and eight more wounded, was the behavior of the tourist bus driver, all of which acts he did just do not make too much sense.

First, the bus driver who was driving a private bus whose passengers were all Hong Kong tourists, allows an armed man whom he claims he does not know, to step into the bus, while giving him a free ride.

Now why should a bus driver with tourists as passengers, do that, considering that sacked police officer Rolando Mendoza was a stranger to him — or so he claimed — and armed, to boot? He was already placing his passengers at risk by doing that. No responsible tourist bus driver would give an armed stranger a free ride — not even when claims are made that he would serve as their security.

This country — Manila included — is filled with criminals. People get kidnapped, people get killed, people get tortured, so do tourists and foreigner residents. Why then would a bus driver readily allow Mendoza, an armed stranger to him, into the bus, even to give him a free ride? That is not his job. His job is to drive the bus, and bring the tourists to places in Metro Manila for them to see.

As things happened, from his account, it didn’t take too long for Mendoza to announce that this was a hostage situation. The bus driver claimed he was cuffed to the wheel, could not hear any of the hostages crying or screaming while they were being shot up by Mendoza, and at close range, or so he says.... MORE

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