Some people wants to instigate further conflict by twisting and negatively exaggerating the interpretation of this photo to add insult to injury. The twisters are similar to that small subset of people who are trying to instigate earlier by saying that the the tragedy is a result of a grand plan of the Filipino race murdering the Chinese race.
In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with people taking picture with the hostage bus. It is just like any other historical monument that reminds us of war events. If there is something to rejoice, it is the celebration of the end of conflict. It happened in our generation, we should take any opportunity to have a picture with the bus for souvenir purposes so we can share some lessons learned to the next generation.
In this hostage drama, nine people are dead. Condolence to the deceased. But the Philippines as a nation with 80 million population, also suffered much. Our national law enforcement institution suffered embarrassment. Our economy is affected with the expected short-running slow down of tourism.
I found this photo in Erap FB page because I was tagged by the photo uploader (I removed myself from the tag). If you look at the notes on the photo, you will see a very destructive propaganda that intends to instigate. The note says "One of these bitches here might be your future maid". It uses Chinese alphabet characters to target the Chinese in Hongkong. The notes in this photo is EXTREMELY malicious.
Taking a picture of the bus will not jeopardize the investigation on the crime scene anymore. The investigation on the bus is already complete. They normally preserve crime sites to identify culprits on the loose. In this case, the victims and the culprit are already dead. The crime site investigation is moot and academic. The most important now is the investigation on the technical glitches, lapses of the operation, and command responsibility.
In that tragedy, it shows that police will apply the full force of the law even if the culprit is a police officer. In the course of pursuing a terrorist, sometimes innocent people inevitably die even if we exert extra precaution in the operation.
What's wrong with smiling on camera? They are not there to have a picture with the bus to express sadness. They were there to show their best pose (with a smile of course) because they will be showing it to their friends.The twin towers have nothing to do with this. I don't think there is something wrong to smile on camera, even during funerals.
It is not disrespectful to have a nice souvenir photo with a tragic scene. I cant find anything in the internet or scriptures or any culture that it is disrespectful. It is something new and I don't like the new stereotyping because it is just intended to instigate further conflict.
Look! People even BUILD monuments on tragic sites and convert the place into tourist spots. People even make sculptures and statues that depict the crucifiction of Jesus Christ or the execution of Jose Rizal.
China have no right to over-react over this isolated hostage tragedy fiasco. We did not over-react on the DELIBERATE and PROFITEERING Melanine contamination of milk from China. Let's just move on and continue strengthening our trade, tourism, and diplomatic ties, okay?
No one in the Philippines is happy with that hostage tragedy. We are all sad. We will do what is right to improve things in our country because we have a lot of nice beaches and we want the tourists from all over the world to enjoy a vacation here. We fail now, we improve tomorrow.