As I watched the bus being stormed on video again today and also a training video where SWAT went through the motions of entering a bus without actually entering the bus using tactics I have never seen any other force using it was pretty obvious that the guys who went in can’t be blamed for actions and training as the problems are they have been trained wrong which meant everything beyond that was wrong.
At the same time I wonder why if they weren’t upto the job they didn’t hand over to another team or even brought in Hong Kong’s SDU (Special Duties Unit) to deal with the situation. Why bring in a Chinese specialised unit? there would be some local complaints no doubt with Chinese operating in the Philippines at the same time would have removed the Philippines from responsibility of things going wrong. Also their training and equipment is a lot better which would have increased the chances of survival of the passengers.
I have also read that a “barrage” of gunfire came from the police as the gunman moved towards the front of the vehicle were any of the hostages on the bus killed or injured from friendly fire?
There are a multiple set of problems that have created a political incident with China showed incompetence of the SWAT and their commanders at the same time Hong Kong is stirring wanting answers which has already started to create ripples for OFW’s in Hong Kong. The Philippines government seem to have acted swiftly to try to resolve the political situation at the same time the fact the bundling of the attempted rescue is pretty much blanketing everything else in the Philippines and no doubt China. Another thing that should be learned is to get those journalists and photographers under control the newspapers showing the dead in Hong Kong newspapers is only going to stir up hate and disgust on what happened it goes to show that this sort of practice is neither needed and infact counter productive in such situations. A media blackout should have happened early on especially if the bus was equipped with TV, Radio and the gun man had a cell phone as he could literally see things unfold outside the vehicle on live television.