woulda, coulda, shoulda

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the August 26th, 2010

Everybody is now an expert in hostage situations. They’re all over blogs, social networking sites, and mainstream media.

Woulda, coulda, shoulda sums up what those morning-after quarterbacks are saying about Monday’s tragedy. And it’s the same refrain I heard after the attack on WTC, the hostage-taking in Russia, the assault on the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas and a whole host of incidents that did not have a happy ending.

Woulda, coulda, shoulda is not for those who only know what they saw on TV. That was only a part of the entire thing. Viewers did not see what went on behind the scenes, what went on in the bus etc. etc. There are so many things to be looked into before anyone can say woulda, coulda, shoulda.

Authorities must do a post-game analysis so that mistakes made are not repeated. Monday’s incident is not the first nor will it be the last.

In situations like last Monday’s, the public needs to be assured that authorities know what they are doing so that even if things turn out badly there will be no loss of confidence in the capability of law enforcers.

No one can predict the outcome of a hostage situation so authorities have to look like they are ready for anything. Recall the Entebbe hijacking and the Israeli rescue operation. Some hostages were saved and others were killed but because the operation looked very efficient, the public focused on the hostages saved instead of those killed and the rescue was deemed a success.

Last Monday, unfortunately, it looked like the cops didn’t know what they were doing. And so experts mushroomed and the blame game became the most popular sport in town.

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  1. mami_noodles said,

    on August 26th, 2010 at 1:56 am

    Yup, and it’s also moron season again on the Internet. A lot of people, from P-Noy bashers to racist idiots, are spewing nonsense on blogs and social networking sites.

  2. bicolana said,

    on August 26th, 2010 at 3:29 am

    I agree. Look at the minority solons and the spokesperson of GMA. They’re acting as if the Maguindanao massacre of 53 persons and the hundreds of extrajudicial killings didn’t happen in their regime. Please….

  3. BrianB said,

    on August 26th, 2010 at 6:59 am

    For crying out loud. At least Ducat had grenades. Mendoza’s M-16? Couldn’t they just bear hug the man?

  4. BrianB said,

    on August 26th, 2010 at 7:06 am

    At ang official statement mismo sa Malacanang? Incompetence, diba? So why are trying to make this a debate?

  5. Lee Arenas said,

    on August 26th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Perhaps we need more hostage-taking incidents so that PNP will have the opportunity to practice some more and improve their skills and capabilities.

    Perhaps it is also time to rename this blog — “The Albatross” may be a good name.

  6. uniffors said,

    on August 26th, 2010 at 4:53 pm


    There’s no debate, we all saw the same thing didn’t we? And we all heard all sorts of expert opinions. That’s why the post is called woulda coulda shoulda.

    Anyway leave your number with swat and malacanan press office for the next time another lunatic takes hostages.

  7. uniffors said,

    on August 26th, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Lee Arenas,

    “The Albatroos” ???

  8. anna said,

    on August 26th, 2010 at 7:10 pm


    Agree with you — woulda, couda, shouda thiggy time is over.

    Time for serious post mortem not so much for blame game but for president to come up with a to do list to finally overhaul, modernise police force — and I do believe that heads must roll. President Aquino must accept that heads must roll.

  9. uniffors said,

    on August 26th, 2010 at 8:24 pm


    hopefully this is a wake up call. but I don’t know if he should start chopping heads yet. A good pimp-slapping will suffice for now.

  10. anna said,

    on August 26th, 2010 at 9:07 pm


    Then he must bitch slap the guys so hard time that will leave their ears ringing from for a very very long time and so loud the bitch slapping will be heard from Luneta to Timbuktu

  11. Tambay said,

    on August 26th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Uniffors, you forgot to include “Musta” in the title of your post.

  12. on August 26th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    I call it the administration’s “Benign Neglect ” Policy.

    Benign Neglect:A policy or attitude of ignoring a situation instead of assuming responsibility for managing or improving it.

  13. BrianB said,

    on August 26th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    If I and any of my loved ones get hostaged or kidnapped, pwede ba akong magiging temporary commander ng SWAT? OK! One big problem solved.

  14. uniffors said,

    on August 26th, 2010 at 9:57 pm


    If its you or your family then that’s a personal decision for you.

  15. uniffors said,

    on August 26th, 2010 at 10:01 pm


    no i didn;t forget. i was using an old quote that has turned into a cliche.

    “Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: Could have, would have, and should have.” – Louis E. Boone

    I guess those who have tried new things can say :been there, done that.”

  16. on August 27th, 2010 at 8:03 am

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  17. anna said,

    on August 28th, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Perhaps, Pres Aquino should emulate this Russian football coach


  18. BrianB said,

    on August 29th, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Well, what can we expect from abused people. Kung ang tao bubugbugin mo, iinsultuhin, uutuin buong buhay nya, gugumitin… eh syempre labas nya bobo at walang malasakit sa kapwa. Tapos lider nila si dirty harry pa, ang champion ng mga blase na upper middle class.

  19. Jess said,

    on August 29th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    EQ: the benign neglect policy has been his admin and staff’s attitude way back during his campaign. Another thing, as I Iive in Hongkong, all they asked was for him to apologize and promise to solve the case. Period. It got worse because of all the paligoy-ligoy and palusot. Right now, the pictures of people having their picture taken in front of the bus is offensive to them.

  20. BrianB said,

    on August 30th, 2010 at 12:54 am

    *gugumitin* what happened to this, I wonder.

  21. Schumey said,

    on August 30th, 2010 at 3:59 am


    I think we’ve blamed ourselves enough. If the Chinese can’t get it, so be it. I also ask justice for all the abused OFWs which we all know the HK gov’t covers up. What about the numerous shabu lads set up by the Chinese? This is turning into a circus and we Filipinos should leave a little dignity and self respect or else we will be nothing but whipping toys of these people.

    Not all things are done by the book. Remember how the police bungled the Virginia Tech tragedy which cost 31 lives and 25 wounded? SWAT teams around the world bungle operations too. Sadly, there are billions of Chinese around the world. They have a louder voice than the rest of us. There are a few Chinese with thinking brains. And for the first time, we are seeing this.

    Soory kung mahaba. I just think that enough finger-pointing has been done. Time to move on to another subject.

  22. mami_noodles said,

    on August 30th, 2010 at 4:47 pm


    I agree. I think enough is enough. We have tried our darndest best to reach out but what do they do? They insult our country, call our President names, fire innocent OFWs and hack our government websites, while their leaders sit back and ponder how they can use this to suit their political aims.

    Yes, it was our bad, but I think Hong Kong is pushing it. It’s time to stand up and let them know that we deserve some respect, too.

  23. pranning said,

    on August 30th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    30 august 2010

    Mami Noodles, “some respect” NO!!! guess not…… what we deserve is “RESPECT!!!!” not some, here i have to disagree with you. They can call our president by any names, actually many names, but insulting us Filipinos, I don’t think so…

    But I agree with you without even blinking when you said “It’s time to stand up”. I’ve got enough of all the bashing they thrown at us Filipinos. But when one of their’s maltreated our domestic helpers with no apparent reason/s, did we raise a howl? NO, when one of our kababayans was killed by their own with no apparent reasons, did we raise an issue? NO.

    What happened in that dreadful August 23 was not planned at all, it just happened. Whatever that mendoza did is not a collective thinking or ways of Filipinos.

    You’re right that we should stand up and let them know that we did everything to show them that we also mourns their loss, but when push comes to shove or vice-versa, it is time we tell them “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!


  24. Killer said,

    on August 31st, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Sa huling tatlong comment: Oo.

    Mendoza, when you think about it, felt he had no choice and did what he did. These hate-mongering bastards have a choice and still do what they do. For one to equate a single, arguably deviant, act to the nature of a people is beyond idiotic. I suppose all was brought to light when they started hating on Jackie Chan: they were all just frothing at the bit; just raring to let loose a blind anger.

    Ang labo. Bwiset.

  25. Killer said,

    on August 31st, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    That remark about the eyes was a bit too much. I take it back and regret having said it. My apologies to the more level-headed of our Chinese neighbors. It is totally unbecoming of a Filipino to resort to insults. Mr. Buencamino, please do with my comment as you see fit.

  26. uniffors said,

    on August 31st, 2010 at 3:21 pm


    ok i deleted the slant eyed remark as you requested.

  27. Killer said,

    on September 1st, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    (searches frantically for an emoticon for the standard Pinoy head nod/raise greeting but cannot find one)


    And thank you for being a good source for reasoned thinking in these unbelievably moronic times.

    Mabuhay ka, Ser.