Captain Mendoza

And Captain Mendoza’s Pension?

You asked about Captain Mendoza’s retirement pay?  This I’ll tell you—–

If a government requires a citizen to contribute to a pension, or a retirement fund,

it is required to give back this contribution to the citizen at the maturity date,

with interest, as if the contribution is banked to the government as life savings.


 GOD does not turn HIS back  on HIS COVENANT

even to people who did not do HIS bidding.

Captain Mendoza’s life savings is his.

Crime or no reviling crime,

nobody can take this away from him.

Not even GOD can take this away from him.


This is why I decry the contents of the IIRC Report.

Captain Mendoza’s beef was not directed to Mayor Lim, not to Gen. Magtibay, not to Noynoy, not to anybody else.

Certainly it was not against the Hongkong tourists(bless their innocent souls!)

His complaint (call this a prime beef) was primarily directed to the OMBUDSMAN who summarily took away his pension and his life savings.

By the blooming way, have we noticed that the Office of the Ombudsman has been acting lately as if it were the Fourth Branch of this blinking government?


Watch closely now the French people whose government is historically the most democratic in the world. It has been known to topple governments only days after it was installed. The French are now up in arms against the raising of the retirement age to one or two more years. This implies that before the people can get their pensions, they have to wait some more time, and contribute some more to the retirement fund.

While the government is still able to manipulate the benefits of the Employment Insurannce, or even the Health Insurance benefits, it should think thrice before manipulating the Retirement Fund.

Tampering with the people’s savings spells trouble for the government. It implies plunder by legal means!


The pension of Col Russell Williams

The Canadian courts are now deciding on whether to allow the convicted colonel to draw his pension from the government.

Personally I believe he is entitled to receive this pension.

The money is his. The said pension had been dutifully contributed to, from legally earned wages, and should be rightfully his. This pension should be treated like his savings.

Incidentally, this ruling should also apply to Filipinos who have contributed to a pension fund. Thsy should get their money back even though how small the amount of the pension and how small the amount that was contributed to the fund. It is their money, not the SSS nor the GSIS. There should be no such thing as money forfeited because of a crime committed, as long as the money had been legally earned.

Right now, a small amount contributed to the SSS is forfeited even if there is also some amounts contributed to the GSIS by the same person. Both contributions are forfeited.

This is highway robbery!

ALSO, REMEMBER that the forfeiture of his retirement pension is the single cause of why Captain Mendoza went bananas to hold hostage a tourist bus.

Capt. Mendoza, what if…..


Doing a flashback on Captain Mendoza, at exactly the moments when he was watching on tv his brother being roughed up by the police, we reverse trhe turn of events and do an alternative ending, our second alternative ending.

If I were captain Mendoza ,(frankly I wouldn’t get myself into such a situation), but if I were captain Mendoza, instead of going down the length of the aisle firing shots at the helpless Hongkong hostages; what if I just fired some shots in the air to make some noise. That would have caused a disruption that would break up the melee at the police patrol car and get everybody’s attention. Those shots may mean that I shot some or all of the Hongkong hostages. that would have diverted their attention to me (as captain Mendoza).

And at any time they proceed to manhandle Gregorio, I fire another shot as a warning, etc. Another space of time would have been provided to contine the negotiations, this time with the office of the Ombudsman.

How then will the police be convinced that I have not killed a hostage with the shots that I fired? I would release one or two of them to assure the police that I have not hurt anyone yet!

SIMPLE, isn’t it? Of course the working of my wits may not be the same as this under the situation that the real Captain mendoza was in.

Besides, I do believe that the manhandling of Gregorio mendoza did not preclude Captain Mendoza’s frame of mind. The tusslings just aggravated his desperation and instigated the compulsion to rake the seats with gunfire.


Captain Mendoza, the Alternate Ending


Of course we want endings to end happily. Certainly we want Captain Mendoza’s hostage crisis to end happily. Actually now we WISHED it ended happily.

BUT  WHAT  IF it ended happily. What if we could have an alternate ending just like in dvd movies. What if something like this happened—-

Captain Mendoza’s brother is in a predicament. He is being manhandled. And the Captain watches this all on the bus tv circuit. This is not the only thing that could make him snap but he snaps anyway. He started shooting the hostages all at once. But wait, Gregorio, the Captain’s brother was being taken away because he appears to be dismantling the negotiation proceedings because he wanted his gun back. That was the cause of this seemingly illogical event. Gregorio is making something like a tantrum because he wanted his gun back, and also because he is scared he might get hurt when the police are leading him away, and maybe he might not be around to give Captain Mendoza a helping hand which he wanted to very much.

Ah, but they took his gun away because it was feared that he would go inside the bus to help his brother! Doing so would have made two hostage takers for the police to deal with.

So with all these assumptions by the police, with all the presumptions of Gregorio, and with all this being witnessed on television by Captain Mendoza, why don’t I just flick this dvd back to when Greorio cried out that he should get his gun back.

And so I, with all my fantasies of heading the Crisis Management Group around those parts, would ask for Gregorio’s gun, will take out the magazine and unload it, will empty the chamber of any shell, and will give the gun back to Gregorio. He would have settled down for sure, that time of which I will order him to stay put but well within sight of his brother. All’s well when all’s calm, no?

Afterwards I, having broke the tension that endangered the lives of the hostages, will give myself a dozen pats on the back and a coupla dozen nose-thumbs to some people I know. :lol:


And then the negotiation should proceed to the next step, the alternate ending should be described on my next post, sometime later.


SPO2 Gregorio Mendoza apologizes

SPO2 Gregorio Mendoza, himself a policeman like his eldest brother the late Captain Mendoza, apologizes to the people whom his brother hurt.


And for you readers who may not understand the language from which he speaks, and for which I direct this post, I shall translate as accurately as I can

Gregorio asks fogiveness for his brother.flv

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(The shockwave [.swf] version opens faster)

(This takes longer to download but the better version)

HE SAYS: “It was raining and I was led through the backdoor. All at once two policemen grabbed me on both shoulders. At the first moment I could, I ran, and that’s when the tussling began. Mayor Lim ordered the (my) arrest. I am asking forgiveness from those that my brother hurt. He is not really that kind of man to hurt people. It is just that he saw me getting hurt. He does not want to see his brother get hurt. It is the way they led me through the back door. I was afraid that something bad will happen to me. They should not have led me through the back door.”



COMING FROM ME,  (COOLAMBO ): To those people from Hongkong that were hurt in this unfortunate incident, nobody really wanted this to happen; especially to the people of Hongkong whom we know are gentle people. It was just a matter of fate that the tourist bus was there, no real intention on anybody’s part to single it out, nor was it pre-meditated. All the ensuing events resulted from failure of communication. The event that happened was actually a surprise. This kind of hostage taking, or hijacking if you may, was totally unheard of from such a community comprised of Filipinos.

I am sure that our government is doing everything possible to atone for such an unfortunate incident, and is intending to appease and gratify those concerned.

This is an isolated incident. Please do not judge the whole country from and by this event.


Erwin Tulfo

tulfoERWIN  TULFO, talks about network competition in the media.

He was the last man in contact with Captain Mendoza immediately before the latter started his shooting rampage.

Exactly what was Tulfo’s role in this incident?

(check also CBC News writeup on the Chinese-Canadian in that tourist bus at this url:)

The Anatomy of A Hostage Taking


 In the coming days, for sure these days are coming, people will dissect the anatomy  of the Manila Bus taken over by bemedalled Captain Mendoza, PNP.

All those entities relevant to the hostage taking of the bus loaded with Hongkong tourists will be shaken and then put together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.

There will be none, it is believed, whom amongst these entities from the Ombudsman, Malacanang, PNP, DILG, Manila Police , the Keystone SWAT, the media , and the bystanders would accept a piece of the blame for the incident.

We ought to be ashamed of ourselves, particularly those who would throw the blame towards the fall guys.

Let him who hast no blame cast his shame on the next goat. Let him who hast no shame cast his blame on the next goat.


People will lay blame on other people.

People will apologize.

People will criticize other people.

People will offer their regrets.

People will throw stinging words at other people.

People will sympathize and offer condolences.

People will sneer at other people.

People will promise to do better next time.

But for all these conflicts and wars between the characters we call people.

I, personally, find the greatest, alleviating satisfaction

That none of these people are putting the blame on

Captain Rolando Del Rosario Mendoza, PNP.



Captain Mendoza

captmendoza1This is Captain Mendoza, Philippine National Police, slumped dead in a most helpless predicament.

He asked to be reinstated to his former rank and position in the PNP so that he can be eligible to collect retirement pay.

In desperation about his cases pending in the courts too long, he took a bus of Chinese tourists and held them hostage.


He is shown here as giving aid to a diabetic hostage whom he set free as part of the negotiations. After this all those he came to know could testify that he was a good man.

 Today, the moon is full.

But suddenly, oh so suddenly, the drama shifted somewhere else towards his brother who came to sympathize.

Which brother wouldn’t at a time like this. And naturally, too, the Police didn’t like to be outstaged by anything, including his brother and/or the media.

So the police carted the brother off , together with his family, with much tussling and hauling.


What follows the next minute was an enraged Captain Mendoza venting  his wrath off on some of the hostages.

No less than the highest official of the land blamed the killings on the media. But didn’t Captain Mendoza asked specifically for the media to come and help? Could the situation have been resolved had the media came in to be the go-between? I mean he couldn’t trust the police who has all its guns trained at him to convey a message, could he!

I would rather have the media there, and with all the other police activities. The camera does not lie.

It would settle any doubts.


Was this necessary?

I see no point in this. The logic escapes me. Domination of the men-at-arms rule.

A point arrived when some particular group came to help resolve the problem.

But the Philippine National Police just couldn’t wait!




 The Cardinal Rule : Dead Men Don’t Talk