The assault teams in other countries cover their faces with black mask to avoid embarrassment. In Philippines, we don't, because we are not afraid to show our faces whether we succeed or fail.
Do you know why it took so long for our SWAT to enter the bus? BECAUSE THE BUS IS CLOSE!
In the past 20 years, we have over 30 hostage taking in Metro Manila and we did excellent compared to how they do it in other countries. In any operation, there is always a possibility of encountering difficulties and mistake. We have people who took the risk, even without proper equipment. No police anywhere in the world are braver than our police here who don't wear protective gears.
I read this comment saying the President should have come to the hostage site and risked his own life to resolve the case. Well, I told him that if you want our President to expose himself to the hostile hostage taker? Even if the President would want it, the Presidential Security Group would not allow him. Heroism is a VOLUNTARY act. You can't force someone to fly over the situation like Superman and be your hero. If it is unnecessary to expose yourself to danger, then do not expose yourself, because if you do, you will be more of a STUPID than a hero. If the President did a job of an ordinary Policeman Operative or the job of a Hostage Negotiator, then he would become STUPID.