The more I read articles about the hostage taker Senor Inspector Rolando Mendoza, the more I am convinced that he was actually a good man who just believed later on that he was maltreated by the government.
He was formerly one of the best policeman in the country being chosen to be one of the Ten Most Outstanding Policemen of the Philippines in 1986. His relatives and friends have nothing against him. And the fact that his youngest son is also a policeman just proves that he has been a good role model to his children. His brother Police Officer Gregorio Mendoza testifies that he has been a good police. Serving the country is in their blood.
However, Rolando Mendoza was dismissed by the Office of the Ombudsman in January. It stripped him off with all the benefits he is supposed to get for his service for more than twenty years. Furthermore, he can no longer apply for any government jobs.
This happened after he was charged of being involved in extortion of Christian Kalaw, a Mandarin Hotel Chef.
All I can say is, “sayang”. He is supposed to be a hero but humiliated the beloved Philippines of what he did just before the end of his life. His casket was not even covered by the Philippine flag which is normally done for someone who died of serving the country.
But I still hope that the government will grant the benefits of Rolando Mendoza to his family.
Before I end this short write up, let me give my admiration to the family of Rolando Mendoza. They are humble enough not to defend their beloved of what he did. Saying sorry to the world in front of the camera is definitely not easy.