Not Gonna Be Good For China / Philippines Relations…..

In china business, philippines business by Michael Michelini28 Comments

Started getting twitter and SMS messages about 10 hours ago about a hostage situation in the city of Manila in Philippines, involving about 15 Hong Kong people…..so obviously I’m smack in the middle of the political ramifications of this….so I looked deeper.

I’m seeing tons of news coverage of it, but this article shows the potential political issues between Philippines and China

Philippine police on Monday stormed a bus full of Hong Kong tourists seized by a disgruntled ex-policeman armed with an assault rifle who has threatened to kill his hostages.

The gunman, who took control of the bus in the centre of Manila almost 10 hours ago, said he had shot two of his captives and would kill the others if police did not meet his demands.

“I shot two Chinese. I will finish them all if they do not stop,” former senior police inspector Rolando Mendoza told the Radio Mindanao Network before police moved in on the vehicle and smashed its windows.

Crazy, reading this article, its all about a FILIPINO KILLING CHINESE people:

Sacked policeman kills 8 Chinese in Philippines coach hijacking

A former police inspector hijacked a coach filled with Chinese tourists in Manila today in a 12-hour seige that left at least eight dead.

I’m already reading my friends on facebook, and the tweets across twitter about the Hong Kong people blaming the Filipino government and police force……I mean, I guess we all expected blame and hate to come from this horrible tragedy….Chinese here in Shenzhen keep mentioning to me how dangerous it is in the Philippines, and now I’m going to hear it even more.

I AM GOING THERE NEXT WEEK, sept 1 to sept 13…I’m not afraid. But then I’m told, well I’m white, Filipinos only hate Chinese people. uggggghhhhhhhhh….

hate…..ignorance…….manipulation……

Well, I’m just going to keep living my life, going about my business…but another sad day of ignorance, hate, and crime.

To those who think it only happens to Chinese, here is last month’s paragraphs brought up in these articles:

Last month, an American, a South African, a Briton and their Filipina partners were killed in spate of murder-robberies in Angeles City north of Manila. The alleged killer was arrested.

Sure, I guess Philippines isn’t the safest place in the world….but man, the media loves to “blow things up” and make it sound worse then it is……

Lets please stop the finger pointing, the hatred, the “this people vs that people”……

….As Rodney King said “can’t we all just get along”.

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lammy
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lammy

also heard that there’s some politics between the philipino govt n the ex police….

anyways, the 2 governments r gonna talk….let c how it goes……sigh

cindy called n she was crying…that’s so sad….as the local news mistakenly reported that all hostages got killed…

Marie B
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There is a story behind the hostage. I am not sure how true is this. I do not know if anyone heard about the news of a son of a BIG, wealthy politician jailed in Hong Kong for suspected bringing of illegal drugs and was bailed out worth millions of pesos. He was embarrassed as the news went all nationwide. Filipinos said after few weeks the son got out of Hong Kong jail, the hostage happened and probably this really BIG politician who has a background with illegal gambling known as Jueting hired this police officer( MENDOZA) to target Hong… Read more »

Mike Mo
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Well, these unfounded rumors won’t help the case, Marie. It may just promote more hatred that has already reached its peak.

And Mike, am sure you know this as you’ve been here, the Philippines is not all THAT. Thank you for choosing not to be swayed by what you’ve heard. Could’ve happened anywhere, to anyone. Evil you could find anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, it happened here yesterday.

Am not proud that this happened in my country but this will not stop me from talking about the good things about it either.

Vlad
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It is dangerous everywhere, however if you use common sense and normal caution many things can avoided. This people were at the wrong place at the wrong time. Shouldn’t stop people from thinking for themselves and not rely on tabloids. Have a safe trip Mike.

MikeMo
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MikeMo

Mike, you have been too adventurous I must say and that’s the reason why you’ve seen/felt more than the usual. Honestly haven’t been to a number of places you’ve been to and its for the simple reason that these places are the less safe ones. Couldn’t blame you for feeling unsafe at times. But being a foreigner here in the country, I know you must experience the culture. But at the same time rem to be responsible for your own safety, of what you’re getting yourself into. If you’re the only foreigner in that area, that must be a tell… Read more »

simon
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simon

the Philippine police is so stupid…
maybe you should keep a gun with you in Philippino so that you can protect yourself…
Good luck for you in philippino, Mike…

David Ho
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This ought to do the trick – remember the enemy is afraid of loud noises.

David Ho
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I had put a picture of a large gun in the comment but I guess I can’t link to pictures in comments 🙁

drew
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drew

you know mike your happy go lucky attitude will only go so far… for the longest time now the Filipinos have been hiding in the shadows of the well established reputation of the Chinese in Toronto, Canada. but no more now… the incident is very serious ..3 people from Toronto got killed including a father and 2 daughters.. the mun survived along her son who will be in a wheel chair for his rest of his life… he was about to enter university to study forensic science. I’m a man of color.. to be more exact black.. our reputation in… Read more »

Jane
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Jane

haha,Mike,i put on a post on szstuff,and got lots of criticizm that I am a racist..i said i am so angry that the philippine police man kill HK people,and I will not go to Philippine which is too dangerous for chinese people.^^ I admit i am wrong,not all phillipine people are bad.

Cyrus
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Cyrus

Too sad our Country is getting angered by people,as a Filipino it is a Shame that our Country is getting a lot of Blames but the only thing i hope that there will be “NO WAR” i mean,people in our community is getting aware that this will start a War but let’s hope not… The only thing i Blame is the media that coverage all things that happen but they do not Clear what it is…And the lack of equipments too…Everyone is talking about the Polices mistakes too,why don’t they just shoot a non-lethal (or lethal) shot at the Hostage-Taker… Read more »

Cyrus
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Cyrus

Thanks mike… Yes this Hostage Crisis is still an everyday news in our Country even if it is a month ago…It’s one man’s mistake not all of us…Why are the Chinese people making Overseas Filipino Workers in their Country pay i mean it’s not their fault why are they suffering a stupid ex-police man mistake…And it says that their going to kill them too??…Hmm how sad… Today i have read in the newspaper that they think the Bus driver is Mendoza’s right hand-man…They are currently investigating it…Because what his statement is opposite to whats the investigators statement…And how did he… Read more »

rhea
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rhea

The Hostage Drama happened in the Philippines does not go with the case of the politician’s son. I was in the Philippines when the drama started. I read article watched news. The truth is… Mendoza was one of the outstanding police officer in his country. Despite of the award he got, Mendoza and some his colleagues had done something, making a story that they caught a drug pusher and saw drug in his car . (The said drug is face powder. Mendoza let the man eat the face powder and ask the man to give 200,000 or else they the… Read more »

rhea
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rhea

NO OFFENSE.. I am just some articles. Why other people think that Philippines is a dangerous place? Is it because, FILIPINO media are not blind in reality, NO SIDES to take? On August 19, 2005, Emmanuel “Bong” Madrigal, a Manila-based Filipino executive of the multinational Shell, was visiting Beijing on vacation with his wife Vivian, his daugher Regina Mia, and two younger daughters. That day, they rode a tourist bus to Tiananmen Square, the heart of the capitol. Upon arriving at the square, Emmanuel Madrigal was the first to descend from the bus, followed by Vivian and Regina Mia. A… Read more »

marja
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marja

I don’t know if this is true…and this is my observation and opinion…i think this hostage drama is a set up by those filipino stupid corrupt governments and that stupid MENDOZA (that ex police)…..and other govt. relative, but some of them are not…
they are some of this reason why filipinos become poor country becoz of corruption and 2nd is population…stupid governments!!!