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Philippines Inquiry Exposes Corruption, Ineptitude

Wednesday, 25 Aug 2010 09:33 AM


The Congress of the Philippines will conduct an investigation into this week's mishandling of a hostage situation in Manila. A disgruntled policeman hijacked a bus full of tourists on Monday, leading to an 11-hour standoff with SWAT forces that left eight Hong Kong tourists and the hostage-taker dead.

The bloody debacle intensifies scrutiny of the Philippines police, which has been accused of corruption, torture, and ineptitude, The Christian Science Monitor reports.

The tragedy unfolded Monday when Rolando Mendoza commandeered a bus full of tourists from Hong Kong, demanding to be reinstated to his job in the police force. Mr. Mendoza was fired in 2008 for extortion. Police attempted negotiation, but the 11-hour standoff ended when Mendoza began shooting and police stormed the bus.

Read the entire story at csmonitor.com

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