pop goes the world: life keeps happening

POP GOES THE WORLD By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 9 September 2010, Thursday

Life Keeps Happening

Much has been written about the tragic Quirino Grandstand hostage-taking and its wide-ranging effects and massive impact not only in personal terms but those on a large scale – in politics, diplomacy, relations between nations.

In the aftermath, fingers are still being pointed here and there, with the authorities seeking to pin responsibility on those who made mistakes, while many of those being investigated evade culpability, artfully dodging the blame that may be laid at their door.

They say: “It’s not our fault.” And, “We were just doing our job.” And, “He told me to do it.” And, “We had poor equipment and inadequate training.”

Hey, that’s what my children tell me when they mess up.

Zambales congresswoman Mitos Magsaysay said it best at the recent hearing when she asked those under investigation: “Why can’t you be man enough?”- to admit fault and shoulder responsibility for the wrong choices made.

Zambales 1st district rep Mitos Magsaysay. Click here for image source.

Who was man enough?

President Noy, that’s who. He took responsibility for the incident because the buck stops with him, according to the chain of command.

But was he personally liable for the deaths of the hostages? No, because he wasn’t the one who pulled the trigger.

As for those who failed to rescue the hostages – they’ll have to live with their failure till the day they die, second-guessing themselves on the decisions they made.

When we all woke up that fateful morning, none of us knew what was in store that day, not even the hostage-taker. Incidents like these are unexpected and always unwanted. We have made our apologies to those concerned. The proper authorities must now make sure this does not happen again.

Meanwhile, what follows are some thoughts on negative situations in life, and some options on how we may face them.


The second half of the column is an expanded version of my previous blog post “Life – It Keeps Happening ’til You Die”. Click here to read the entire piece at MST Online.

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