It started yesterday morning. A bus full of Chinese nationals enjoying their last day of tour in the heart of the Philippines was flagged down by a former police. The former police’s name is Capt. Rolando Mendoza who was dismissed from service due to circumstances that are out of his control. The former police managed to get in the bus and took over it and that’s when the life time of the police and several other Chinese went down to 10 hours.
Somehow, I immediately saw right through him. I know, or better yet, I had the feeling that he didn’t intend to hurt the hostages. He just wanted to be heard. A fact proven by him requesting the attention of the media. He actually released some hostages, the children and the elderly knowing that these people needs special attention. He held onto the other hostages just to have the upper hand of the situation.
When the media came, local and international, that’s when we learned what he’s after. He’s not after a large sum of money, he was just after his employment benefits and if possible, to get back to his work as protector of law. Everything was going smoothly but everything went down the drain when evening came. It was a bloody ending. 8 dead including Capt. Mendoza who was shot several times.
CAPT. ROLANDO MENDOZA (RIP)
But who is he actually? Is he just a lowly man with no dignity at all? Or is he just a downright mental dude to hijack the bus? We really don’t know him so I can’t see why we should judge him so easily. I don’t get why people have flooded every networking sites I know with insults about the former police. And, I don’t get why we should be ashamed of what a single Filipino did when in fact we should be ashamed of what the Philippines did to Mendoza.
First of all, Capt. Mendoza was once a fine police. He was regarded as one of the top 10 police in the 1980s and have received numerous awards and medals during his service. Talking about dignity, he once had it, but it was brutally stripped off of him along with his job and its benefits. He was allegedly involved in a case where his superior was busted doing illegal matters. It was 2008 when he was formally discharged from the police and since then, he’s been trying to get heard, to appeal his case, to prove he is innocent.
Was he heard? The answer is NO. No one took notice of him. That’s when he got desperate and did his crime; (1) Hijacking the bus and (2) TO PLEA FOR HIS INNOCENCE. What he’s fighting for is correct but his method was entirely wrong. Capt. Mendoza rest in peace. Too bad you had to die, now they’re taking notice of your case. Anyway you had no way out and I think you’re better off dead. At least it was only a bullet the pierced your head then everything went blank. But if ever you managed to live, those police will give you a hellish slow death.