Lack of knowledge


That the Abu Sayyaf kidnapped Prof. Octavio Dinampo together with the journalist Ces Drilon and her crew reflects badly on the bandits—but they are bandits, plain and simple. The initial response of the police to Dinampo’s fate reflects badly on the government too. We hope they can still listen to reason.


This was how editors from the Philippine Daily Inquirer summarized its reaction to the kidnapping of broadcast journalist Ces Drilon, her crew and guide. There are mixed reactions to the kidnapping of Ms. Ces Drilon, her crew and a guide but I believe the response of the police reflects the general response of government officials on a certain crisis–poor.

It reflects lack of knowledge and while they might insist there are certain protocols in time of emergency, there is none operational. In this case, there are a number of people who would like to be at the helm and be the gatekeeper of information. This just one time that you get national media coverage, why not maximize it?

They have also showed double standards with regard to the treatment of criminal situation in the Philippines. As reflected in the reaction of bloggers, if the kidnapped person is a virtual unknown, then it might have been a different story, for the rich Pinoy then another and so on.

Equality is never achieved in a country that keeps changing its mind on its laws more so on the leaders that it elects (the legitimacy of the current government leadership is still doubted up to now). The government should be leading the way in service standards and yet there is sustained frustration among its people and one can just shout in frustration while others could only write their rants in a number of platform (and pray that they do not get sued!).

There is great respect for the Filipino talent as knowledge or skilled workers but why is it that whenever we get together we just show the worst of our identity?

Now, if only the government–starting with the Philippine National Police–stick to their protocols and handle such situation with utmost professionalism then I think there can only be minimal mistake.

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9 thoughts on “Lack of knowledge

  1. marami kasi gusto lang magpa kyut sa camera; konti alang yung gustong mag trabaho ng totoo. at eto pa rin, marami kasing may alam, yun nga lang, walang gustong umamin na yung alam nila e hindi para sa sitwasyon na yon — hay buhay pinoy!

  2. haaay, natumbok mo Kengk’s!😀

  3. Bkit kasi kailangan pang i cover ang buhay ng rebelde, para saan? Nagkaroon tuloy sila na oppurtunidad na kumita. Hay naku kasi nman para sa mga journalist wag na masyadong maawain, wag na natin hingin ang panig nila kasi simulat sapul hindi nman realistic ang gusto nila, kasiraan lang sa bansa natin. Hayaan nalang natin silang mapulbos ng military natin dahil yun nman ang gusto nila ang makipaglaban. Kay Ces Drilon saludo pa rin ako sau!

  4. Mismo, Pasaway. Hindi na rebelde maituturing ang mga taong yan, bandido dahil na nga rin sa hirap diyan sa atin. Kung totoo na nagkaroon ng pera para mapalaya sila Ces ay mas lalo lang lalakas loob ng mga mokong, kahit pa pasugudin ng buong AFP sa Jolo, walang mangyayari. Naalala ba ninyo noong madami sila kinidnap at “napalibutan” na ng militar ang mga bandido at kanilang bihag? Well, sa panibagong tawag na tugisin ang gumawa ng pagdukot kina Ces ay sigurado na wala lang mangyayari dito, uulit at uulit lang ang mga taong iyan dahil may nakikinabang din naman sa loob ng hanay ng AFP.

  5. planado na yata ang pangkikidnap kay ces drilon eh

  6. Indeed it is at sigurado na ang punto ay kumita ng pera, para kanino ay ‘di natin alam. Salamat sa pagbisita.

  7. There is great respect for the Filipino talent as knowledge or skilled workers but why is it that whenever we get together we just show the worst of our identity? — almost always, so true.😦

  8. too bad rin kasi sa mga mediaman kahit na may protocol na bawal sila pumunta sa may bandang kuta ng Abusayyaf,e pilit pa rin ang punta para makakuha daw umano ng exclusive report…yan tuloy, sila ang nagiging laman ng mga balita…
    on the other side of the story naman, naging eye opener yung naging experienced ni Ces Drilon sa ating lahat ang hirap ng buhay lalo na sa may bandang mindanao..at kadalasan nagiging dahilan ng pagkidnap nila ay para magkaroon ng pambili ng pagkain..Hai,kahirapan sa pinas kailan kaya malulutas at ang corruption na punot dulo nitong lahat kailan kaya mawawakasan…

  9. Hi Jun, I do hope it is not always true…

    Salamat Rhosie sa pagbisita, I guess careless will be the best word to describe it while I’m also inclined to say na greedy din but ei, they were ‘betrayed’ as they claim, so as much as you are confident with your source, you’ll never know what will happen. Trabaho din kasi na ihatid ang balita.🙂

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