Answers to all these questions should be given not only for the purpose of appeasing the Hong Kong public, but for the integrity of the new Philippine government and for its own people. After all, it is the people of the Philippines who must rely on its government and police for effective law enforcement on a daily basis. Tourism figures, diplomatic relations and stock market fluctuations pale in significance compared to the most basic responsibility of any government: protecting its citizens and its guests.
The opinion came out 2 days after a tragic ending to the hostage crisis in Manila. Discharged police officer Rolando Mendoza, 55, seized a bus carrying mostly tourists from Hong Kong. At least 8 people were killed after the 12-hour drama.