Update 8:51PM: Hostage situation finally over. Rolando Mendoza, the hostage-taker, killed in assault. Survivor count now at 5.
Status updates of some friends about the recent hostage situation in Manila, Philippines particularly on the pathetic performance of the SWAT team:
"YOU DO NOT MAKE A MOVE IN A HOSTAGE SITUATION IF YOU CANNOT SEE ANYTHING INSIDE...AND THE TAKER COULD SEE YOU VERY WELL! GO SWAT TEAM, YOU ARE SUCH EINSTEINS!!!!!!!"
"when trying to assault a bus, it does you no good to drop the effing hAmmer..."
"Rules in assaulting a tourist bus: Don't choose the big fat cop with the thick vest to be first through the small emergency exit.'
"How many policemen do you need to assault a bus? a hundred to stand around looking stupid, and one to hold them all off."