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Postcripts To A Bloodbath: First hand account of a Chinese survivor of the Quirino Grandstand hostage-taking incident

Postcripts To A Bloodbath: First hand account of a Chinese survivor of the Quirino Grandstand hostage-taking incident - My conclusion was proven to be true and now true this first hand account of what happened inside the bus we can see who cause all the deaths and what could have been avoided.

Read the full account below (Note: Tonyo Cruz, a known journalist and blogger said that this account might not be true but we have not yet seen an actual advisory that this is a false account.

Update 2: There was no one that had been throat slashed and no survivors was named Bang Lu Min.:

Update 3: Noemi  from Blog Watch replied to a tweet and said "momblogger:  heard on DZBB. I was in the cab on the way home from airport. I overheard about slashed throat.."

Update 4: A source of the Postcript original source had been deleted was found through Google Cache and the wording "FICTION" can be found.  Is the account below fiction? View the source here.)

"Mr. Mendoza was already upset even before he saw on television what the policemen did to his brother. The other tourists who remained inside the bus were complaining. Wei Ji Jiang wanted to go to the bathroom. Dao Chi Yu was hungry and the rest were just groaning and whining like they have forgotten that our lives rest in Mr. Mendoza's hands.

The hostage taker, as you know him was really nice. He treated us okay and even let the elders and the children leave the bus. He said your policemen treated him unfairly. He was a policeman too and was accused of doing something he had no knowledge of. But your government didn't listen so he used us to get everyone's attention.

Things would have never turned for the worst if he didn't see how his family was dragged out of their house and taken into custody. He was watching the news all the time as we huddled around each other behind the bus. He shouted some words in your language then started shooting in the air.

A girl about my age started screaming. Mr. Mendoza demanded her to stop but she didn't understand English. God, he had to slash her neck with a knife just to put her to rest. Her boyfriend who tried to hit him was shot in the head. Tension was rising. You can see in his face how scared and confused he was. The bus driver ran away leaving him alone with strangers from a distant land. I can see him walking across the aisle, sometimes pointing his machine gun to one of the tourists. But he tried his best not to hurt us, especially those who really cooperate.

I guess its in your nature not to inflict pain on others unless it was necessary. I remember him saying that he will free us before sundown and implored us to forget everything when we return home. But his words don't matter now.

The policemen were trying to force their way in, while we all lied down to shield ourselves from bullets. Mister Mendoza blindly shoots at his enemies which I think kept them from rescuing us. I hear sobs under the chairs. Some were even shouting the names of their loved ones even when the air merely eat their words. Kevin Tang tried to escape when the glass door was was shattered, but one shot and he slumped on the floor with blood gushing from his mouth. Heavy rain pitter-pattered on the rooftop. In old Chinese saying, it means an end to a struggle.

Finally, somebody was able to open the escape hatch at the back of the bus. Freedom. But I knew Mister Mendoza was still alive. I knew he was just waiting for a chance to strike back at his enemies. So I told those around me not to escape. Let the authorities come for us instead. Then there was gunfire. He was firing at his enemies with a machine gun.

Those who were at the escape hatch fled abandoning us once again. It's like a nightmare with no end and to wake up means a certain death. Then somebody from outside the bus threw a canister. It forced out a black smoke that is so painful to the eyes and putrid smelling to the nose. People started screaming. We cannot breathe. Some ran in front of the bus but Mister Mendoza warned them of stray bullets.

It was too late. One was hit on the head, the other was hit on the shoulders. Bullets were now flying. Its like the authorities thought we were all dead.

Mister Mendoza finally admits his mistake and said sorry to everyone, dead or alive. He then ran towards the front of the bus where he would meet his maker. As he passed by my chair with bullets whistling overhead, I clutched my hand on the velvet curtain and wrapped it around my face. All I could think of was to stay alive - for my child who is waiting for me back in Xinjang.

"I know I will survive, I will come home."

Bang Lu Min
Survivor, Quirino Bloodbath


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Read the article: "Manila Bus Hostage Taking Mishandled?" and watch the Video Account of the Manila Bus Hostage Incident.

I would admit that I really feel emotional after reading this but as a blogger and an online journalist, I am reserving my further judgment after verification of this account. Updates will be posted here.

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1 comment

Anonymous said...

Eight innocent lives could have been saved at the Quirino grandstand on that fateful day of August 23, 2010 if only the media knew where to draw the line in their supposed quest for transparency for public interest. Clearly, the media in their haste to cover the hostage crisis initiated by a bewildered gunman – former Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza – committed not only one but several faux pas and is now trying to clean the blood of the eight Hong Kong nationals from their hands.
The media’s professionalism took a backseat considering that they failed to assess the dire situation of the victims. They also neglected the possibility of aiding the crisis’ immediate resolution. The responsibility of putting an end to the crisis obviously rests on the shoulders of the Philippine National Police but a large number of media practitioners who swarmed to the place of incident could have played a big role as well. They could have initiated a news blackout. It was that simple.
Live reports given by the media gave Mendoza specific information on the tactics and positions of the SWAT team which obviously compromised their strategy. In their desire to get the ideal position and angle to the hostage drama, reporters also did not consider that what they are broadcasting may directly cause harm to the foreign and Filipino hostages, including to a swarm of “usiseros” who also happens to be at the place. A case in point of this media blunder was committed by TV5 news anchor Erwin Tulfo who remained in permanent contact with Mendoza all throughout the negotiations and a DZXL broadcaster who was instrumental in Mendoza’s announcement - over a live radio interview – of his plan to kill the passengers.
No journalist is trained in negotiation techniques and their involvement in any hostage crisis, prison uprising or even terrorist actions can only be construed for what it really is – meddling to get a story. It was also disgusting to hear the argument that the people deserve to see the truth. This should not be the case or it should not be so much that it directly hinders the action of the authorities which in turn only puts the lives of the victims at a higher risk.
Some would even say that the fault lies with President Aquino for giving too much leeway to and for wooing the media way beyond what is necessary all under his so-called vow of transparency. This policy has, to a certain extent, encouraged media practitioners to abuse their cloak of press freedom and meddle in important state affairs which now has unfortunately caused the lives of eight Hong Kong nationals and triggered the ire of China.
To recover from the mistakes surrounding the hostage crisis, P-Noy should not only zero in on the perceived faults of the responding PNP team and implement changes, but should also sanction the media for being a liability to the hostage situation, given that their live coverage “severely hampered" the efforts to rescue the hostages. A news blackout should be strictly implemented every time such drama occurs. Lives are obviously and without a doubt more important than maintaining his “pogi points” with the media.