Trip of high-level delegation cancelled (5:13 p.m.)
Thursday, August 26
MANILA — The flight of high-level delegation formed by the President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to explain Monday’s hostage crisis to China and Hong Kong governments has been cancelled Thursday.
The members of the high-level delegation composing Vice President Jejomar Binay, Local Government Secretary, Jesse Robredo and Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda were supposed to fly to Beijing, China today.
But in a statement issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs, it said that they are still awaiting for the confirmation from the Chinese government.
“The Philippine government has planned for a high-level delegation to visit the People’s Republic of China and the Hong Kong Special Administration Region, and is awaiting confirmation from the Chinese side on the arrangement that will ensure that the mission of the planned visit is achieved,” text message from the DFA forwarded by Palace Ricky Carandang read.
It added that proper announcement will be made regarding the schedule of the trip. (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)
hello? mr. president? you should have taken mr. tsang’s call. you should have expected he would call to ask about his people — wouldn’t you, in his place? and you should have been ready and able to take whatever he had to dish out, AND to defend your strategy of waiting it out, AND to be open to his suggestions. after all, the lives of 15 hong kong nationals were at stake. after all, it was past 4 p.m., over six hours of horribly dangerous captivity for his people, and he must have wanted assurance that something everything was being done to effect their rescue. he absolutely deserved to be listened to. so, really, nakakagulat ba, masakit ba, that you we are now getting the silent treatment from mr. tsang? tit for tat. a painful snub for a painful painful snub. maybe until heads start rolling?
meanwhile the senate hearing at least clears up one thing: it wasn’t just the media coverage of the brother’s drama resisting arrest that angered the hostage-taker. it was also the ombudsman’s letter — basura daw — because it failed to give him what he was asking for. and it was also the brother’s appeal not to give up until his gun (the brother’s) had been returned. so let’s go easy on media. i was watching tv all day; and i’m glad it was covered live by media because if not, we would be bogged down now by questions of what really happened rather than why. yes the coverage got excessive as the drama escalated, and yes, the scoop mentality ruled at that point, so yes, next time, they should know enough to draw a line.
meanwhile on anc right now it’s manila’s mayor and vice-mayor and some cops again going through isko’s narrative of his negotiations with mendoza. what i want to know is, it was six pm by the time he delivered that letter from the ombudsman, and it wss the first serious response to the hostage-taker’s demand? it took them all of eight hours to come up with “garbage”?
i just saw a recreation (computer animation) of what supposedly happened inside the bus when mendoza went bloody mad, and it’s horrendous and heartbreaking. reminds me that i kept wondering, while watching that silent bus off in the distance, what was going on inside, what was it like exactly for the hostages all throughthose horrible hours. we were seeing nothing, hearing nothing, it was easy to believe everything was cool, and under control…
i wonder now, what if the media had been a little curious about the hostages, sino-sino ba ang nasa loob, how many males, females, kids, elders, teens. it should have been easy enough to find some pictures of them, show us their faces, remind us, and the police, and the palace, that there were, those were, real persons in there… and what if the police had managed to stick a tiny high-tech microphone device somewhere that allowed us, them to hear what was being said, cried, screamed inside the bus… then maybe there would have been more of a sense of urgency from the first hour? and the police would have known not to believe the escaped driver, not everyone was dead?
yes, we’re all experts on hindsight. for me it’s a coping mechanism. helps me sleep nights.