(Video, Transcript) Radio interview with Manila bus hostage-taker Rolando Mendoza

 The role that media played is now at the center of the investigation of the Manila bus hostage-taking last August 23. The main question: Is the media partly to blame for the hostage-taker’s rampage that killed nine Chinese tourists from Hong Kong?
We all saw how the media scrambled to outdo each other on that fateful day. One local Philippine radio station — Radyo Mo Nationwide (RMN) — successfully managed to interview Rolando Mendoza minutes prior to the killings.
Listen to the radio interview and decide whether the media contributed to the tragic ending of this hostage incident.

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The Crab Mentality of the Filipino people

Imagine a pot of live crabs being cooked in boiling water. Fighting for survival, all of them would surely try to escape. One crab could no doubt climb its way out of the pot. But this is not easy, because the other crabs beneath him would not let him escape. They will pull him down, thinking “If I can’t escape here, then you cannot too.” A few minutes later, all of them will be dead.
Such is the curse of the crab mentality.

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Poll: GMA stepping down in 2010?

SONA 2009 - Gloria ArroyoIs Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) stepping down as president in 2010?
Politicians who listened to yesterday’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) cannot seem to agree about it.
According to GMA: At the end of this speech I shall step down from this stage, but not from the presidency. My term does not end until next year.
And also: I never expressed the desire to extend myself beyond my term.
Several politicians, however, think this is not a clear indication if GMA will indeed end her presidential term next year.

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