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Quirino and Tiananmen

on September 15, 2010

First of all, I didn’t wrote this article. It was only sent to me through e-mail by a friend. I am just posting it here hoping that more people will read it and realize things.

To the Hongkong and PRC People:

You hate the Filipino people for the hostage fiasco that unfortunate incident
that went out of control at the end. This was a hostage situation that was
under control and which netted 7 Chinese tourists to be released upon the
efforts of our policemen.

You appear and sound sanctimonious and have even stepped upon our sovereignty.
You have demanded apology, the moon and the heavens. You hate the Filipino
people as if we wanted this unfortunate incident to happen. First and
foremost, we offer our condolences to the families of the 8 that were killed
in this incident. Secondly, we are sorry for the bungled handling of this
hostage taking. It was unfortunate, it was an accident, we never planned it
that way. Is it fair to blame a whole nation for a situation that was never
planned?

Let me ask you this question, “Should we hate you also for the lead poisoning
caused by the paint you used in your baby furniture and toys for the children
of the world, Should we hate you also for the use of cardboard in the “siopao”
that you sell to tourists? Should we hate you also for the melamine
contamination wherein not 8, but hundreds, maybe even thousands have suffered
and some even died?

Or, let us talk of Filipino casualties. A few years ago, 3 Filipino tourists,
all surnamed Madrigal, a family of 5 were walking on Tienemen Square and
Beijing . One Chinese stabbed the father and two of his children, killing all
three. Were you even sorry for what this one Chinese did? Did the Filipino
people even demand that China apologized for this unfortunate incident. This
was PRE-MEDITATED MURDER.

Just as the use of lead, cardboard, melamine was pre-meditated – used because
they were cheaper materials, in order to generate PROFITS for the Chinese
businessman. Did you pay damages the same way you are demanding damages from
the Filipino nation and people.

Where was the anger of the Chinese and Hongkong people? Did you even apologize
to the world? My God in the case of melanine, you even kept this information
from the world, until you were exposed for what you are!!!

Enough! We symphatize but don’t blame the Filipino people.

So you want to send our OFWs home, that take care of your children? They play
an important part in your lives. Both spouses are able to work, earn money
because of the tender loving care being heaped on your children by Filipino
maids and yayas/amahs. While you pay our OFWs for the work they do, you earn
more for the love and care they bestow on your children. Go ahead, send our
OFWs home. Let us see how that will affect your family incomes.

Enough! is Enough!!!!

Pass this to all Filipinos you know. If you love your country, perhaps you’ll
send this.

May God Bless Us All.

THE 2005 TIANANMEN SQUARE INCIDENT – A Chinese brutally hacks a Filipino Family vacationing in Beijing!

The known facts are these:

On August 19, 2005, Emmanuel Madrigal, a Manila-based Filipino executive of the multinational Shell, was visiting Beijing on vacation with his wife Vivian, his daugher Regina Mia, and two younger daughters. That day, they rode a tourist bus to Tiananmen Square, the heart of the capitol.

Upon arriving at the square, Emmanuel Madrigal was the first to descend from the bus, followed by Vivian and Regina Mia. A Chinese man wielding a scythe–in some reports it was described as a sword–suddenly appeared out of nowhere and hacked Emmanuel across his torso. He died on the spot. The man also attacked and seriously wounded Vivian. He then slashed at and killed Regina Mia. By this time, bystanders were trying to subdue the man, and Vivian shouted to her two other daughters to get away and save themselves. Somehow the girls made their way back to the hotel. Vivian was brought to a Beijing hospital, where she died several days later of her injuries.

An Associated Press report still circulating on the internet states that the
killer was Wang Gongzuo, 25, a farmer from eastern China’s Jiangsu province. He was sentenced to death for the murder of the Madrigals and executed a few weeks later, in September. The AP report states: ‘Wang’s motive for killing the two is unclear. After the incident occurred the Beijing Morning Post reported that he had wanted to ‘affect society using extreme actions,’ but didn’t elaborate.”

Reflect on the parallels. A family of vacationers on a tourist bus: the Leungs
and the Madrigals. A killer out to “affect society using extreme actions”:
Mendoza and Wang. A massacre in a public place of symbolic significance:

The Quirino grandstand, where the presidential inauguration had been held just weeks before, and site of the civil society protests against the Marcos regime; and Tiananmen Square, since ancient times the symbol of the centralized power of the
Chinese state, and site of the 1991 civil protests against the government.

In both incidents, the state failed miserably in protecting innocent tourists.

And there the parallels end.

President Aquino has apologized to the families of Mendoza’s victims and
conveyed his sorrow to the people of Hongkong, Chief Executive Donald Tsang, and Ambassador Lin Jian Chao. The Philippine National Police acknowledge that they botched matters beyond comprehension. Philippine legislators, ahead of their Hongkong counterparts, called for a full investigation. Philippine media organizations are looking to their own culpability in the affair. And masses of ordinary Filipinos, on TV, radio, print, and the Internet, are expressing collective horror, remorse and pity over the terrible fate of the innocent tourists, and bow their heads in shame before the Hong Kong people’s sorrow and anger.

That is how it should be, that is only right. But, to this day, five years after it happened, there is no public record of any Chinese official acknowledging the tourist killings in Tiananmen Square and apologizing to the Madrigals, much less the Filipino people, for the murder of Emmanuel, Regina Mia and Vivian. Not a single expression of regret that the Chinese police failed in their duty to protect the lives of innocent tourists in the very heart of Beijing, in the symbolic center of a state that prides itself most of all for its ability to control and contain disorder. There was a total blackout on the part of the Chinese press, and, according to another news report, government censors quickly blocked many internet sites where Chinese
users had begun to post comments about the killing. So we will likely never know what ordinary Chinese citizens had to say about about the incident. Maybe some of them were actually sorry for what happened.

The closest thing to expressed regret was in fact the final reported action of
the killer Wang, who waived his right to appeal the sentence of execution, and got a bullet in the back of his head.

To add to the horror, it would appear that the Arroyo administration was
complicit in the silence. No public statement was ever made by the Philippine government regarding the incident. Unlike in Hongkong, no flags were flown at half-mast in Manila, and no three-minute silence was observed to mark the deaths of the innocent Filipino tourists. No demand has ever been made by any Filipino official for an apology, and for an accounting.

A full investigation of the Quirino Grandstand killing is ongoing. But what of that other killing, also in August, five years ago in Tiananmen Square?

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