“The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one’s opponent.” MAHATMA GANDHI
By Alex P. Vidal
Many of those who saw the raid on CCTV camera conducted by Iloilo City’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) on the station of Aksyonradyo Iloilo 720 on August 25, agree that the raiders would have been wiped out if they were responding to an actual hostage-taking situation or terroristic attack in that building.
If terrorists or gunmen were positioning in the area where the CCTV system was installed–or anywhere within the upper portion of the walls–the SWAT men would have been massacred because all their attention was focused inside the room where light had been switched on as soon as they entered the station’s waiting area.
The enemies would have used the lighted room as decoy to divert their attention and finish them off while they were frisking and kicking the civilians and exposing their backs.
No SWAT member was seen on video watching or checking the upper portion of the walls inside the waiting area where they first entered while shouting and aiming their long firearms at civilians inside the lighted room where the main office and announcer’s both were located.
In that scenario, they were like sitting ducks or stationary targets. In actual combat, they would have walked in to their instant death if enemies applied the “quick kill” method in point shooting.
“For better behavior, the SWAT men in Iloilo City deserve to rejoin the Boy Scouts of the Philippines,” wrote Herbert Vego of Panay News.
With their erratic performance, even the Boy Scouts of the Philippines would never accept them. Boy Scouts are know for their motto of “laging handa” or always prepared. The SWAT men who attacked Aksyonradyo Iloilo 720 appeared to be “laging handa” — to be exterminated and to embarrass the police as institution.
Meanwhile, Senior Supt. Ruperto Floro, PNP city director, and other arrogant police superiors who justified the SWAT raid will have their hands full once the Senate and House start their respective inquiries on the incident.
We don’t know how they can wiggle out from the tumult where the barbarity and excessive use of force they applied on unarmed employees and the security guard (kicked several times like a hardened criminal despite being down on the floor), was seen on CCTV camera now being viewed even in foreign lands via social media.
The video exposed the incompetence of SWAT men in handling a simple call for police assistance when several gang members sought refuge in the radio station after being shot in a rumble in a nearby night spot. When gang members, some of them wounded, left the station to “surrender” to responding cops from the Mandurriao Police Precinct who arrived downstairs, the SWAT men suddenly swooped down on the station’s main office and exposed their mediocrity and barbaric act for all the world to see.
And Supt. Floro and his ilk had the gall to justify the operation.