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Rolando Mendoza – Philippine Policeman shocked the whole world

After a long and agonizing eleven hours, the hijacking incident that took the life of more than half of the passengers finally came to end.

The hijacker SPO2 Rolando Mendoza, once a decorated police officer and awarded as one of the top 10 officer of the Philippines was ordered dismissed by the Ombudsman forfeiting his retirement benefits along with five fellow policemen.  This incident might have been the reason that trigger Mendoza to hijacked the Hong Thai Travel bus at the front of the Quirino Grand Stand, Manila, Philippines with 20  tourist passengers mostly Chinese National and 5 fellow Filipinos.

(picture of the hijacked Hong Thai Travel Bus with the brother of the hijacker Police officer Mendoza and one of the negotiator)

The incident started at barely 7:00 in the morning according to the news but was only at around 10:00 in the morning when it was aired , hours passed and the negotiations among Rolando Mendoza and the police negotiator and according to Vice Mayor of Manila, Hon Isko Moreno they have been doing their best to accommodate the request of the hostage taker and eventually led to freeing nine hostages.

My whole family was stationed in front of the television as if were watching a movie, the only difference is the grief and the emotion we had is truly breathtaking.  As we heard the continuous firing from the bus and the unexpected running of the bus driver along with his shout that everybody in the bus was already dead, i really knew that the gunman will never let the policemen to capture him alive.

Time passed by with the policemen trying to forcibly open the front and emergency door but gunshots were fired from the inside making them to made their distance again.(picture from of  www.lexpress.fr)

Just then a commotion was made and policemen confirmed that the hijacker/gunman Rolando Mendoza was already dead, shot by one of the sniper positioned at around 25 meters away (as i have heard in the news) from the area.  Afterwards, remaining survivors were immediately alighted from the bus by the rescuer and with heavy smoke and foul odor coming from the tear gas, policeman decided to break the windows and I have seen from their that lifeless body of the passengers were passed through.

This was indeed a very tragic event on the history of Philippine News and Events. Lives were taken and the worst part, this were tourists who wanted to see and feel the beauty of our country.  But with this incident, what will happen to our tourism? I believe that we were once blacklisted in the other countries as one of the country which is not safe to travel because of the hostage drama that happens in the Mindanao wherein tourist were hostage and now another incident happened.  I believe that this will greatly affect not just our tourism but the security of our nation.

Hon. Renato Corona, our new Chief Justice of Supreme Court

Yesterday i was able to watch from the news that our new 23rd Chief Justice has already taken his oath from the Malacanang palace.  Hon. Renato Corona’s appointment were already hound great controversies and many questions about its legalities had arises.  Many opinions were given about his appointments considering the fact that he was also appointed by Pres. Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo way back on 2002.

Who is CJ Renato Corona? Of course many of us wanted to know and learn more facts about him. Even though i am working in the Judiciary, i barely know our justices so i have to consult Mr. Wikipedia and Supreme Court’s online page for the basic facts about CJ Corona.  So, here are the facts that i have gathered:

Chief Justice Renato Corona was the youngest magistrates ever appointed to the Supreme Court of the Philippines on April 9, 2002.  He was born on October 15, 1948 at Tanauan City, Batangas, he was married to the former Cristina Roco and has three grown up children and six grand-children when the article was written.

He has an impressive school records gaining gold medals on his elementary and high-school years at the Ateneo de Manila wherein he also finished his degree in Bachelor of Arts.  He took up his law at the same school and graduated on 1974. He married right after college but was able to manage studying law at night but despite the demands of work and family  he still finished 5th in his class and gained the 25th highest place in the bar examination on that same year.  He received his Master of Law at the prestigious Harvard Law School in 1982.

He served as Assistant Executive Secretary of then President Fidel Ramos and held many different positions and presidential committees after the term of Pres. Ramos, he was invited by President Arroyo to be his spokesman and Chief of Staff.

His appointment may be full of controversies and adversity but we must also remember that it is not the act of his appointment is being judge but the character of the person and his perseverance and he has proven his worth.   I believe that it is time that we disregard our self interest but we must stand side by side to achieve the common good for every Filipino people.

To our new Chief Justice, we welcome you sir and we hope and pray that the Almighty Lord gives you more wisdom, a loving heart and a great courage to face any adversities that may come in your way.

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