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On photos of police, civilians smiling in front of hostage bus: Malacañang asks Pinoys to "respect place of grief"
Published on: Aug 27, 2010 - 9:27am

Screencap from Facebook fan page Manila Hostage-Taking (2010)

Widely spreading among social networking sites like Facebook right now are photos of police officers, students and civilians posing for souvenir snapshots near the tourist bus at the Quirino Grandstand, the site of the hostage tragedy on August 23. Unang Hirit also caught on video some civilians laughing and having their photos taken near the bus at around 1 a.m. on August 25. The report said people have gone to the site to light candles and offer flowers for the deceased hostage victims.

Unang Hirit video: Tourist bus at Quirino Grandstand continues to attract people

Gabriela Representative Luzviminda Ilagan slammed the souvenir photos, telling Sun.Star Manila, "It is an affront not just to the victims and their families but to Hong Kong nationals who are now extremely angry over how the police handled the situation. It is adding insult to injury."

Sun.Star Manila also reports that presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda asked Filipinos to respect the site of the hostage crisis. "Our request is for you not to trivialize the area... Let's not try to belittle the incident. It's a place of grief, let's respect that."

According to Unang Hirit, the bus was supposed to be moved on August 25 but it was postponed because groups conducting parallel investigations on the hostage crisis are not yet done. The Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) is already finished with its investigation.

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  • ti
    i agree with you. fu
    Sep 15 2010 @ 06:35am     Reply  
  • shaun white
    sabi nga ni kanye west how can you be so heartless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Sep 15 2010 @ 06:20am     Reply  
  • JF -Vancouver, Canada
    @deadma: please check you facts - ( Freedom of speech - Australians are free, within the bounds of the law, to say or write what we think privately or publicly, about the government, or about any topic. We do not censor the media and may criticise the government without fear of arrest. Free speech comes from facts, not rumours, and the intention must be constructive, not to do harm. There are laws to protect a person's good name and integrity against false information. There are laws against saying or writing things to incite hatred against others because of their culture, ethnicity or background. Freedom of speech is not an excuse to harm others.
    Sep 02 2010 @ 01:00pm     Reply  
  • deadma
    @jf-vancouver,canada....rnAustralia does not have freedom of speech. It's not part of their constitution. rnrnHowever, I agree that our government needs to put forward something concrete.
    Sep 02 2010 @ 12:37am     Reply  
  • muggle_gal
    Sa mga nagpa-picture sa tabi ng ill-fated bus: MAHIYA NAMAN KAYO SA MGA SARILI NYO! HALATANG THESE ARE THE KIND OF PEOPLE YOU ARE! At susme, nakakangiti pa. Dyuskopo.
    Sep 01 2010 @ 03:19am     Reply  
  • disappointed
    hindi tayo dapat nagpapapicture; bagkus dapat tayong mag alay ng dasal at bulaklak sa mga namatayan.

    ignorance is not an excuse; but in a way it's partly our fault for making these people remain ignorant.

    first rule of leadership: it's always our fault.
    Aug 31 2010 @ 05:14pm     Reply  
  • JF -Vancouver, Canada
    @Enkris: by the way, were you say, "Censorship is still practiced all over the world to protect the general population public or state against objectionable, insensitive and harmful messages...", those are places like some of the Arab countries (Iran in particular), and former/current, communist countries such as Russia, Cuba, North Korea and China. This doesn't mention a number of failed or failing states who also practice censorship of the press (Zimbabwe, Venezuela, etc...). And the Governments of all these countries describe the use of censorship exactly the same way you did, but in practice it is done to control the mindset of the general population, and free thought and dissenting opinion is punishable by imprisonment or worse. Historically, censorship eventually always abused by government. The saying that, "the road to hell is paved with good intentions" is the only way to describe censorship.
    Aug 31 2010 @ 11:42am     Reply  
  • Boo!
    'Malacanang asks Pinoy to "respect place of grief"'? Eh di ba si Noynoy nga, pagkatapos interviewhin eh ngingisi ngisi parang aso?
    Aug 31 2010 @ 11:02am     Reply  
  • facebuk
    eh syempre ipopost nila ung new pix nila sa facebook para cool at in sila. ganyan kababaw at cheap ung mga taong yan. ginawang disneyland ung crime scene. at kelan naman naging pormal at maayos ung mga tao dito. palibhasa di na bago ung patayan kaliwat kanan
    Aug 31 2010 @ 10:35am     Reply  
  • MakaBurgis

    Kokonti na lang Pinoy ang nakakaisip ng matuwid na kapareho mo Pilo. Lahat nadadala ng Distractions. Nakakatakot isipin ang susunod na krisis, at ang mga walang kamuwang- muwang na mga bata ni Noy-noy at siya mismo! Eto ang hypothetical scenario...10.5 lindol on the Richter Scale, sa MetroManila...5 million patay on the spot, 20 million injured.Ano sa tingin mo ang gagawin ng mga ito?
    Aug 31 2010 @ 10:17am     Reply  
  • Pilo
    all these so-called 'st*p*dity' and callousness are just symptoms of a disease that is getting progressively worse. i agree with the comment of makaburgis. it's just the opening salvo.
    Aug 30 2010 @ 09:01pm     Reply  
  • mackoy
    ang titigas ng mukha nyo mga noy!ano yan tourist attraction..nakakahiya na nga yang nangyari,parang proud pa kayo mga lintekkkkkkkkk!!!!!
    Aug 30 2010 @ 03:59pm     Reply  
  • JF -Vancouver, Canada
    @Engkris: for Australia, the current government is pushing for censorship of the Internet (for the sake of decency and protection of minors from pornography), this is being highly contested but it is not yet law, and freedom of press continues. The CRTC rules in Canada again govern obscenity and lewdness on TV & radio; freedom of press remains active (in fact our freedom of speech is indeed so lenient that hate groups have managed to abuse the situation, however we now have laws against hate groups). The FCC in the states functions exactly the same as the CRTC (and the reason for contol of info during war time is so as not to endanger strategy and operation, however when the actions have concluded, media is free to report on outcomes). And you stated for Germany, that department again governs lewdness and obscenity shown in public broadcast, and of course freedom of the press remains. All the examples you gave are in regards to the regulation of sexuality shown in public broadcast for the protection of minors, but sexuality in media (movies, magazines, etc..) remains available because in all the countries you pointed out you can still rent bomba movies at the video store to watch in the privacy of your own home, or go to adult entertainment conventions, maybe buy sex toys at the local sex shop. These have nothing to do with censorship of the press, and freedom of information which is the subject of my statements and the main issue at hand regarding the release of the photos of these "picture-takers". Do me a favor and look up the term "Freedom of Information legislation" in Wikipedia for me and tell me what you find for each one of the countries you mentioned.
    Aug 30 2010 @ 03:29pm     Reply  
  • Engkris
    Dear JF: You will have to forgive me for disagreeing with you. The countries you mentioned practice censorship as explain as follows: __________(1) AUSTRALIA: Did you know that Australia has one of most stringent censorship policy with regard to internet in the western world? Australia is so mindful about this, the Australian Communications and Media Authority sets guidelines for media censorship. __________(2) CANADA practices censorship but it is known to be more lenient compared with the other countries. As a result, hate crime has become a concern. Broadcast censorship in Canada is governed by Canadian Broadcasting Standards Council. __________(3) AMERICA is very particular about freedom of speech. However, obscenity and defamation are still probited. AMERICA has also been known to control broadcasting during wartime. __________(4) GERMANY continues to practice media control but it has become less stringent nowadays. Germany's Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons is one of governing bodies that are engaged in censorship. __________Censorship is still practiced all over the world to protect the general population public or state against objectionable, insensitive and harmful messages. To some people, it is ideal to have a complete freedom on broadcasting, in the name of EYE-OPENING. Others are concerned against irresponsible broadcasting that may result to hate crimes and other consequences it may bring. Which outweighs the other, we all have a take on this.
    Aug 30 2010 @ 01:52pm     Reply  
  • jujueyeballs
    Huwag na nating patulan ang mga balita na katulad nito. This only distracts us from what we should really do to improve our country.

    Tama na ang sisihan, oras na para umaksyon.

    _____Aside from sending delegates to HK to apologize, the government should make sure that proper training and equipment is given to the police force. Tayo naman, galangin pa rin natin ang mga pulis, walang maiwawasto ang pagde-demonize sa kanila. Kapag may pulis na nangaabuso: imbes na bigyan ng lagay, pagsabihan sila ng maayos, pumunta tayo sa kinauukulan at magsumbong. Ang pagpunta sa press ay ituring na last resort lamang. These and similar steps are some of the ways to restore INTEGRITY in ourselves and in others.
    Aug 30 2010 @ 10:51am     Reply  
  • JF -Vancouver, Canada
    Countries who do not practice censorship: Canada, US, UK, France, Germany, Australia, the list goes on. The common denominator to all these countries is freedom of the press is enshrined into the very law of the land. Case in point in Robert Dziekański Taser Incident. I won't describe what happened here in detail (please see wikipedia, also see YouTube for live footage). Canadians were fully embarassed that the RCMP, the best of our best, essentially murdered a Polish national who newly landed in Canada to just visit his Mom because he got stuck wandering in the airport for too long. That graphic video of him being tackled by 4 police officers and him being tasered to death not only lead to the firing of those 4 officers, but the government inquiry after overhauled the procedures of the use of non-lethal weapons by the police nationwide. As Canadians we were completely embarassed (Poland issued travel warnings and demonized our country), but if we didn't see the video for ourselves, we would have never been able to fix the problem; more innocent people would have been tadered to death. Canadians not only vowed it would never happen again, we setup a system to make sure it could never happen again. So although we were embarassed we knew there was something that needed to be fixed. So now we in Canada can continue to trust in our police and in our government. And Poland is satisfied with what we did and isn't mad anymore. This is the good outcome that I am wishing for the Philippines.
    Aug 30 2010 @ 04:11am     Reply  
  • Engkris
    JF, your position against censorship is strong. It will be interesting if you can let us know any country that does not practice censorship. Otherwise, please explain to us why do you expect the Philippines to be the only country without censorship.
    Aug 30 2010 @ 03:41am     Reply  
  • JF -Vancouver, Canada
    @Kit: Filipino honor & integrity is still alive, but it needs exercise to grow stronger. Imagine, for all nationalities that immigrate to Canada from 3rd world countries, Filipinos are the quickest to adapt to the concept of Rule of Law. It comes from our God-fearing aspect coupled with a working societal system. An even better example, when I went home in 2008 I was amazed that Pinoy actually abide by the rules of the road as soon as they cross the checkpoint going from Olongapo into Subic-Freeport. It's the societal infrastructure that needs fixing (government, police, etc..). Sooner that that happens maybe the sooner we won't have to deal with traffic as it now is on EDSA...oh and all the other social issues too. Have faith in the Filipino Kit, I still do.
    Aug 30 2010 @ 03:24am     Reply  
  • JF -Vancouver, Canada
    @tayo rin: I do believe we need to improve the image of our nation, but it needs to be real improvement and not merely superficial. You cannot correct something you have no knowledge of, that is the primary reason why censorship does so much harm. So who ever posted these "picture-takers" unknowingly managed to (in your words) " something to contribute in the betterment of or nation." because in spite of how embarrassing and damning these photos are, the knowledge of them now gives us the opportunity to plan and change for the better. Unfortunately, the byproduct is that it does expose our sin to the non-Filipino, but give them the benefit of the doubt that they are not so shallow as to generalize that all pinoy are just like these picture-takers (Canada being such a metropolitan society, incorporating so many different cultures and backgrounds, we understand that stereotyping is wrong. So I know from personal experience that people are far more intelligent and understanding). As for these pictures being forgery, well they're not, so that line of argument is irrelevant to this particular discussion. As for showing these picture-takers to the world, that should be up to responsible journalists and not tabloid media.
    Aug 30 2010 @ 02:52am     Reply  
  • tayo rin
    JF: so you dont believe that we have to do something for out nation to improve? so if you see these pictures, you will spread them to your HK friends? what if,just WHAT IF, these pictures are photoshopped?
    same thing with the PMI BACOLOD SCANDAL video that is being spread out in youtube and facebook. Everyone is concluding that it is from PMI Bacolod even if PMI Bacolod does not exist and the video is actually from Indonesia. when this video goes to other countries, they would believe it is from the Philippines and it would worsen our country's reputation(even though I know there is hazing here in the PH).
    so what Im trying to say in my first comment is that as an individual, we should also do something(even just a little action) that can contribute in the betterment of our nation.
    I am not saying we just have to leave it at that and forget about the other factors that contributed to what happened last Monday. ALL of these factors should be addressed. The Government, the Media, our policemen, and even us, Filipinos.
    Aug 29 2010 @ 10:40pm     Reply  
  • MakaBurgis

    Your rant is appreciated but real SOCIAL CHANGE is still remote. We are still saddled by the moribund ways of a decadent culture which manifests in these embarrasing Fiascos. The obstacles to real meaningful social change. The reactionary church, the bureacrat-capitalist politicians, landlords , the greedy media which manipulates the squealing masses and the gullible are still in place. My view is It will get worst before it gets any better. This Luneta fiasco is just the opening salvo.Expect more with embarassing global implications.
    Aug 29 2010 @ 09:47pm     Reply  
  • Engkris
    Dear JF: I think it is needless to say that reprimand alone is not enough. We all know that, don't we?. The reason some of the changes are effecting because the sound strategies, implementation mechanism and evaluation systems are already emplaced in some areas. Thank you for hoping we will succeed. Rest assured we will be successful. It will not be easy, it will not be quick, but it will come. Your continual confidence in us shall be instrumental to our success. Maraming salamat at mabuhay ang Pilipino.
    Aug 29 2010 @ 04:10pm     Reply  
  • Kit
    @JF - unfortunately, INSATIABLE GREED destroyed honor and integrity... the downfall of philippine society started in 1972... that is why we became to be the "sick man of asia." i adhere to those values and principles even if it means taking a longer route, even if entails so much sacrifices. because at the end of the day, it is all about doing the right and honorable thing.
    Aug 29 2010 @ 03:01pm     Reply  
  • JF -Vancouver, Canada
    @Enkris: reprimand is only the beginning of a viable solution. A strategy, and then a process is required to facilitate change and then ensure it's continuance for the common good. There are close to 11 million Filipino abroad, and we are ALL hoping that you guys back home can truly succeed. @Kit: I'm with you on all your points, but one thing else Pinoy need to develop is genuine honor / INTEGRITY - to do what is good and right, even when nobody is looking, no shortcuts. That characteristic is the fundamental key that will be needed for change to be permanent. It is the very foundation of "Rule of Law".
    Aug 29 2010 @ 02:09pm     Reply  
  • Kit
    for us to go forward as a nation, we really need to get our acts together, do a thorough clean up of all government agencies including the police and the military, overhaul our educational system, get rid of the "padrino" system and an honest to goodness inner change from each and every filipino. huwag natin kunsintihin ang mali, huwag tayo magbulag-bulagan sa katotohanan, at huwag natin hayaan na mangibabaw ang kasakiman. this is do-able... let us look at the singapore model, in this lifetime it can be done and achieve but it takes a lot of sacrifice and commitment from each and every filipino. ipatupad natin ang batas ng pantay-pantay... it is not just the severity of the punishment but the SURETY that the punishment WILL BE IMPOSED. you may find this weird, but before, there was a law in afghanistan decades ago that if someone committed a crime, his father is hauled of to jail until the suspect surrenders. i know this will never be acceptable to us, but it ensure accountability for a person's action as there is a direct consequence to his/her family. and please, let us do away with making people larger than life. hindi porke't patay na eh abswelto na sa kasalanan, as if hindi makabasag pinggan when in fact eh perwisyo sa lipunan yung namatay.
    Aug 29 2010 @ 11:28am     Reply  
  • Engkris
    Dear JF, Now we are beginning to understand where you are coming from. Following your arguments, it appears you do not believe that reprimand alone cannot change the Philippines. Obviously, you are unaware of the changes and improvements that took place in the Philippine because you have been away for too long. You will be pleased to know that we already made several steps on our long journey towards better life. During this trek however, we will need everybody to believe we can do it. It is also important for us to know our countrymen outside the Philippines is behind us even if we stumble during this difficult but fruitful journey. The Philippines is not as bad as some of us are projecting. The Philippines remains to be one of the best places for vacation and investment. MABUHAY ANG PILIPINO!!!
    Aug 29 2010 @ 10:34am     Reply  
  • Purple
    The death of "delicadeza". Ang sugat ginagamot, hindi pinipigaan ng kalamansi at ginagasgas ng asin. Dios ko! Isa nanamang malakaing pagkakamali ng Kapulisan natin. Ilang porsyento ng buwis ko napupunta diyan???! Nagtataka naman ako't wala man lang ni isa sa mga awtoridad na nakaisip na ipagbawal ang istambay, pag-iingay, at malabastos na picture-taking sa "CRIME SCENE". Huli na nung naisip. Hindi nakakatuwang litrato sa FB yan na makikita namin na pangiti-ngiti kayo sa harap ng kaganapan ng isang karumaldumal na krimen at trahedya!
    Aug 29 2010 @ 06:35am     Reply  
  • JF -Vacouver, Canada
    @tayo rin: I had to personally apologize to a dozen of my chinese workmates, 4 of which are from HK, all of which are dear friends, immediately after the botched rescue. How do you think I felt when news of these "picture-takers" was found out? I was directly, adversely affected by this. You have the luxury back home to forget this happened. I HAVE to deal with the consequences. I'm sure reprimands have been issued in the past, but give me one, only one example of a high profile incident where such a reprimand changed the conduct of the Philippine Govn't, and the mentality of the Filipino? We don't need anymore half-hearted "suggestions", what we need is a SOLUTION that works.
    Aug 29 2010 @ 04:35am     Reply  
  • tayo rin
    @JF.. its not about censoring the events. it's about showing the HK people and the world that not all Filipinos are insensitive. We are sorry about what happened. We are sorry for these people posting these pictures. Did you really read our comments? What Im trying to say is that as a CONCERNED Filpino, if I ever see anyone of my friends or families doing these kind of actions, I'll REPRIMAND them and tell them that what they are doing is wrong. At least you already let them know they are doing a Mistake even before they commit it.
    like what Enkris said in his last comment, this is just a suggestion. Masyado nang lubog ang bansa natin, wag na nating dagdagan.
    Aug 29 2010 @ 04:00am     Reply  
  • JF -Vancouver, Canada
    @Enkris: Kapatid, of course I want to be part of the solution. Although my parents immigrated to Canada from the Philippines and I was born here, the blood in my veins is Pinoy and I have always been proud of that and I want my children to be proud of their heritage too. So you see I do have a vested interest in the outcome of this ordeal. As I noted we have both good and bad examples of how to deal with this situation, we don't need to re-invent the wheel. Like I said, this is a defining moment for all of us: showing that we are good, caring, and just, and capable! Not crooked, hypocritical, or incompetent. May it be in this darkest moment where the true heart of the Pinoy will shine bright! Mabuhay Pilipino!
    Aug 29 2010 @ 02:27am     Reply  
  • Engkris
    Napapansin ko lang, ang mga pahatid ni DAQUIRI, TAYO RIN, MARJ, MCQUINA atbp., ay mga mungkahi (suggestions) na nakatutulong at hindi mga pahayag ng mula sama ng loob. Maraming salamat sapagkat nakapupulot kami ng mga magagandang aral sa inyo. Maliwanag na nais ninyo maging bahagi sa kalutasan, at wala kayong hangarin na maging bahagi ng suliranin. Mabuhay kayo at ang mga PILIPINO!!!
    Aug 29 2010 @ 01:51am     Reply  
  • JF -Vancouver, Canada
    @Enkris: so you mean to tell me rather than face the awful truth, admit to error, and truly change, you would much rather censor this event and try to make it like it never happened? That's is exactly the same mentality that lead to the Genocide in Rwanda, the Serbian War Crimes, the Ampatuan Massacre, and more. Rather than hiding the severe lack of judgement these few people showed (by disrespecting the dead), the majority of us should've condemned their actions more strongly to show the world that that was not the true heart of a Filipino and that that behavior will never be tolerated. And if you read the comments posted on Canadian/US news outlets (like,,, the world already understands that Mendoza, the PNP,and those picture-takers do not reflect the Filipinos that have come to be their friends and loved ones. Pinoy in the west are seen as fun-loving, God-fearing, extremely hard-working (9 times out of 10, a western employer will hire a Filipino if qualified because of this reputation). However, The Chinese are going to naturally demonize us because they are angry (and they understand us more than we know), it is the embarrassment of this fiasco that will pressure the Govn't to move quickly to do something. I'll leave you with 2 instances where national embarrassment lead to good change: Robert Dziekański Taser Incident, and Abu Ghraib Torture and prisoner abuse scandal (please see wikipedia). The Taser Incident and its subsequent Inquiry changed Canadian police policy nationwide forever; and if it were not for the integrity of our fellow kababayan Major General Antonio Taguba the torture of prisoners in Abu Ghraib would have continued. "The Manila Hostage Taking" will be a defining moment for the Filipino. Either the world will see the Filipino and it's Government do what is good, and right, and just; or they will witness the cover-up. It is natural human tendency to hide our shame, but it is only when we face our demons that we can truly triumph over them. I'd like to think that we Pinoy are not cowards.
    Aug 29 2010 @ 01:47am     Reply  
  • Pulis Patola
    Puta nka shades pa ung isa. Kung isa kaya sa mga miyembro ng pamilya nyo ang napatay sa loob ng bus na yan may kapal pa kaya kayo ng muka magpakuha ng litrato suot ang uniporme nyo? Mga manhid at utak bao! Anong klaseng mga pulis kayo!
    Aug 28 2010 @ 09:34pm     Reply  
  • Engkris
    JF, it appears you misunderstood us. I suggest you read again the messages we posted. As a true Filipino, we respect the dead and we do not appreciate the policemen who disrespected the dead. It is embarrassing the world saw the photo. This could have been avoided if none of us posted this. After all, it did not help anyone. Worse, the (posting of the) photo only made it more painful to the family of the dead.___________If we really want the image of our country to improve, let us ask ourselves how we can help. It is also important for us to BELIEVE that the Filipinos can do it. If we do not believe in ourselves, please allow us believers (or winners) to continue believing. If we cannot be part of the solution, maybe it is not too much to ask for not to be part of the problem. MABUHAY ANG PILIPINO!!!
    Aug 28 2010 @ 08:04pm     Reply  
  • fu
    sana mamatay lahat ng taong ngpapicture dian ng nkasmile!
    Aug 28 2010 @ 06:32pm     Reply  
  • Vino
    These cops SUCKS!!!
    Aug 28 2010 @ 05:34pm     Reply  
  • lolame
    Sobrang manhid ng mga tao na ito sa mga namatayan!may karma yan!
    Aug 28 2010 @ 04:31pm     Reply  
  • JF -Vancouver, Canada
    @tayo rin, the Good Book will be used to judge us in the end, regardless of how we ourselves or another country sees us. Ideally, as you stated, "the best thing you can do as a concerned Filipino is to reprimand these people", but do you honestly think that alone will change the psyche of the Philippines? Believe you me that's been done to death and absolutely NOTHING has changed. And it's simply because that solution lacks any real gravity of consequence; no incentive to never ever let such a thing happen again. It is only under the weight of real consequence that any genuine change occurs: systems are subsequently devised and agreed upon, and then rules are enforced. I DO want the Chinese to see these pictures as well as the rest of the world. I'm hoping that the shame of this and the economic turmoil it brings will be enough to wake up the Philippine Govn't to finally do something right, and not just bury this fiasco like they did the Ampatuan Massacre. The international shaming might be a blessing in disguise, perhaps it will be the catalyst and turning point for the Philippine Govn't in becoming truly accountable; A Government of the people, by the people, for the people. Besides, with shame comes humility and God will never forsake the humble. Nonetheless, due justice must be served.
    Aug 28 2010 @ 04:02pm     Reply  
  • Kit
    further shows the kind of incompetent imbecile police force we have. let's admit the truth, we ourselves are not confident with our police force, we do not feel safe when they are around because at the back of our mind, any minute they'll be asking for money, which they always do.
    Aug 28 2010 @ 03:06pm     Reply  
  • tayo rin
    to JF:
    sagutin ko ang question mo even if you didnt address it to me. I do respect the dead. and it is sad what happened last Monday. But what's more tragic is that our sense of pride or shame is based on how other countries view us, not on the entitlements we deserve. yung mga nagpapapicture, if you are really ashamed of what they did, di mo na ipopost yan at ikakalat. pagsasabihan mo na lang yung mga nagpost dahil mali naman talaga ang ginagawa nila. especially now that everyone is really sensitive. pero di mo na maiiwasan na may mga ganyang mga tao talaga. mga insensitive. the best thing you can do as a concerned Filipino is to reprimand these people.
    Aug 28 2010 @ 02:48pm     Reply  
  • Damn
    I agree with JF. The world sees smiling policemen in front of a shot up bus where people lost their lives to a deranged former policeman, who somehow thought that this was a good way to get his job back. Don't you all think that world looks at Filipinos as a bunch of idiots that have no shame? It's a complete disgrace. When as a country, the Philippines is trying to step away from the "country of servants" label, to show the world that we are more than that, this drags us back to being insignificant. Shame on you.
    Aug 28 2010 @ 02:21pm     Reply  
  • JF -Vancouver, Canada
    @Daquiri & @mcquina, @Engkiris: So you approve with disrespecting the dead? You feel no shame at all that your fellow countryman cared so little about the innocent lives lost, so much so they felt it absolutely fine to take souvenir pictures in front of the place where these people were brutally murdered? You do not think there are loved ones completely devastated by their loss of a father? Children? Husband? Life is really that cheap for you? Your general lack of empathy is the cancer that is destroying the Pinoy soul AND our reputation the world over. How will you answer St.Peter when he asks you the same questions I just did? I guess it will be up to this humble Pinoy who IS ashamed of his kababayan's sin to beg God for forgiveness THAT WE DIDN'T VALUE THE LIVES OF HIS CREATION, we did not care for our fellow men. My being ashamed had nothing to do with nationality, I was ashamed of the sin that was committed and the wrong that was done.
    Aug 28 2010 @ 01:01pm     Reply  
  • Jonas
    Oh F! Hindi pa ba nakakahiya at kasuklam-suklam yung dumugin ang area malapit sa bus just seconds after confirming Mendoza was dead?

    Have the cops forgotten common sense and lessons in crowd control?

    Are we so desperate to have a memento that we just had to TAKE PICTURES near where everything went wrong? Doon sa mga nagkodakan, makonsensiya sana kayo o panalangin niyong hindi makitaan ng multo ng hostage yung mga pix pag inupload niyo sa Facebook ha! Hindi na kayo nahiya!
    Aug 28 2010 @ 12:54pm     Reply  
  • jeffvill_19
    these guys are effin rude!
    Aug 28 2010 @ 04:05am     Reply  
  • Irene
    Totally distasteful, inappropriate, insensitive and off!
    How could you smile and pose when the rest of the world are grieving?
    Aug 28 2010 @ 03:31am     Reply  
  • Engkris
    I agree with you, DAQUIRI, TAYO RIN and MCQUINA. Let us hope that our countrymen, specially those who are not proud to be Filipinos, will stop posting photos and messages that will damage our image. If they cannot be part of the solution, maybe it is not too much to ask from them not to be part of the problem. They may not realize this, but their negative remarks are not helping anyone. Mabuhay ang Pilipino.
    Aug 27 2010 @ 10:35pm     Reply  
  • mcquina
    daquiri-tama ka,...shame on Filipinos who are ashamed who they are!..pero lam mo ba kung bakit ang mga HK national hindi sensitive sa mga pinay DH,kasi alam nilang walang magtatangol sa kanila,hindi sensitive ang gobyerno ng pilipinas sa mga issue ng mga DH natin,.ang ibig sabihin lng ng galit ng HK nationals,ang gobyerno nila ay sensitive sa lahat ng mamamayan niya saang dako man ng mundo. Hindi katulad sa gobyerno ng pilipinas, walang pakialam, hindi mn siguro sa lahat, pero majority.
    Aug 27 2010 @ 09:30pm     Reply  
  • tayo rin
    Daquiri, I agree with you.

    sa isyu na to, mas kailangang pagsabihan yung mga Pilipino ring nagkakalat pa ng mga pictures na ganyan.
    pede naman nilang sabihan yung mga tao na alisin sa fb nila mga ganyang pictures eh.
    pero kinakalat pa rin.
    Aug 27 2010 @ 06:28pm     Reply  
  • Daquiri
    ...shame on Filipinos who are ashamed who they are!
    Aug 27 2010 @ 04:24pm     Reply  
  • Daquiri
    ...sensitive pala mga taga HK...sensitive din ba sila pag dun sa mga kaso ng inabusong DH sa HK?...sensitive ba sila dun sa mga turistang sinabuyan ng asido ng isang praning na taga HK?...sensitive ba sila sa pagiging bastos ng mag immigration officers nila sa HK airport?...sensitive ba sila sa rudeness ng mga stores pag may mga Pinoy na mamimili?..
    Aug 27 2010 @ 04:22pm     Reply  
  • JF -Vancouver, Canada
    This makes me so ashamed to be Pinoy. Walang hiya. I do not blame the Chinese for being so angry. God help us.
    Aug 27 2010 @ 02:06pm     Reply  
  • Engkris
    The average Filipino will not make this mistake. Talaga bang below average na ang mga pulis natin ngayon?
    Aug 27 2010 @ 01:07pm     Reply  
  • ellen
    eh kasama rin a SOCOG sa mga nagpapapicture taking eh kaya di pa tapos ang ''parallel investigation'' nang crime scene.
    Aug 27 2010 @ 12:25pm     Reply  
  • Haha
    "How to look cool: How to look tough"- (Above picture) Nagmamalaki pa yung mga pulis sa kanilang pose. Oh my...
    Aug 27 2010 @ 12:20pm     Reply  
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