A Year After: Is Justice Served Yet?

Time flies, but memories stay.

It has been a year since that tragic Quirino Grandstand hostage taking. I remember that day. It was a Monday. It was about noontime when news broke that a tourist bus containing Chinese nationals was held captive by a former police officer. Rolando Mendoza’s his name. It was only until the evening newscast when it occurred to me that this news was of national issue. OK. Let’s skip the details you would probably find online, shall we?

I was on Twitter when everything was happening. I was checking my timeline every now and then. I was actually feeling off about how everyone seem to know better than people on the field that time. Everybody knows something better than what the police was doing. Then everybody just started hating on the suspect. He’s the bad guy, anyways. And everybody hates the bad guy.

The outcome of that incident was tragic and pitiful. As rain covered the scene of the crime, gunshots were fired, lives were taken, cameras rolled and everything went downhill. Little did we know (or did we?) that that tragedy would scar the Philippines’ reputation. We were heavily criticized with the lack of competitiveness the people in authority showed when handling the crisis. Travel bans were issued. Non-complimentary articles were published. In-depth investigations were conducted. But everything boils down to one thing – justice and what seems to be an endless probe for it.


“We win justice quickest by rendering justice to the other party.” -Mohandas Gandhi 

A year after that incident and the families of those who were killed are still seeking for justice. But when does one know when justice is served?

The Quirino Grandstand hostage taking incident started out from the disgruntled police officer Rolando Mendoza’s cry for justice. He was removed from service by the ombudsman’s ruling that he was guilty of a police-related crime. He said he wasn’t given a chance to air his side. Justice for him means getting his post back mainly because he wants his job back. He has mouths to feed and it was an injustice for him when he was fired. It was an injustice for him when his family mourned for his demise while everybody else calls him names for putting justice in his hands. Or is it?

It was an injustice for the tourists when a troubled man took them as hostages while they were having their holiday vacation in the Philippines. It was an injustice for them when Mendoza started shooting them one by one. It is an injustice when some people used their deaths to get media attention. It was an injustice when several lives were taken while some were scarred indefinitely by what took place inside that bus.

Justice, I believe, is something abstract. Something so big that it’s hard to have a full grasp of. Is it something that books tell us to be? Or is it of emotional standards?

Now that the violator’s dead, isn’t justice served? After all the investigations are over and done in due process and are found conclusive, is justice still out of the picture?

While the lack of apathy and remorse from some of the people  who were involved in the failure to prevent the tragic outcome of that incident is pure injustice and sheer cowardice, how sure are we that we have done justice to the offended party?

I guess justice is more of an emotional state than a thing of the law. Admit it or not, being bereft of justice is oftentimes a matter of emotional offense. And the seeking of justice is also a journey to finding emotional settlement. That’s the reason why some things go out of hand. And for a democratic country, our justice system here is more of a struggle than a journey.

I’m hoping for everyone to get the justice they deserve more than what they want, regardless of what form they want it.


My prayers go out the spirits of the departed during last year’s hostage crisis. I hope that they find peace and hopefully they could transcend it to their families they left behind. Rest in peace.


*images from google


#133: Niña Jose on FHM August 2011 + FHM 3D 2.0

I remember my very first magazine in 3D. It wasn’t FHM August 2010. It was a K-Zone magazine released eons ago. Yes, I used to collect that kiddie magazine before. Not strange. Then I decided to drop that rag and just collect FHM.  I used to collect K-Zone AND FHM at the same time until I realized that it’s awkward to go to a magazine store and purchase those magazines. Not to mention the countless times when my age was questioned by the cashier.

Oh how I miss the kiddie stuff present on K-Zone. But then again, who said that FHM is short with ‘innocent’ stuff? I mean young, innocent-looking babes. Take or example this month’s cover star, Niña Jose. That tall, sweet-looking one half of anniversary cover girls three years back with that Hazel Mendoza.

Also available this issue are 3D glasses. This is FHM’s second issue in 3D. This made us see girls (in lingerie) like they’re real as they  can be  but untouchable, still. Almost everyone in this issue is wearing those, as Wikipedia puts it, fashionable and possibly alluring undergarments designed to be visually appealing or erotic called lingerie.

Ah. Sweet-looking lasses, in lingerie, in 3D. Could this issue get any better? Of course. It was Xander Angeles and his team from Edge of Light did majority of the shoots. Knock-out? Yes, indeed.


Oh yes, it’s awesome. Niña Jose looking every inch of a sexy lass. Very unlike her cover of 40 months back. This time it’s classier, sexier and short of awkward pose and exposure.


Niña Jose’s feature this month is miles away from her FHM debut. This time, miss Jose has more oozing sex appeal. And her sh0ot with Xander Angeles has nary an awkward pose nor a grainy photo. The styling was superb (studded corset, anyone?) and her eyes were piercing and sexy.


Evident (or not) though, is Niña Jose’s weight gain. Go check her BTS video at fhm.com.ph. Check 1:40. Of course it’s forgivable. You know, there is something about tall, cute-faced and lean girls.

FHM in 3D

3D-fied babes this year are: Joyce Jimenez, Jennylyn Mercado, Assunta de Rossi, Aubrey Miles, Francine Prieto, Rufa Mae Quinto, Maureen Larrazabal, Katrina Halili and Maggie Wilson.

My favorite photo has to be Aubrey Miles’, just because…

This year has got to be the better 3D issue because more parts of the magazine were 3D-fied. More babes in 3D means more uses for the 3D glasses and more fun.



Starter Babe Jaycee Parker (with awkward looking hair) appearing two-months in a row with a single photo; GF Ayumi Sogawa; Korean sensation Jinri Park (in less clothing); Saicy Aguila with looking more mature compared to her March 2010 appearance; Macau hottie, Iwa (not Moto. Not pale); Reality star Savannah Lamsen (with big hair); and color-crazy Mexican host Vanessa Leon.


In a nutshell, featured girls this month are looking mighty fine in lingerie + each one of them with a 3D picture to boot.

Whoa. Whoa. Just Whoa!

I’ve got nice Jinri Park photos from her fan-page on Facebook. You’re welcome.

*the last one’s an unpublished photo


I have only read the article about the Php500 in 5 days challenge. It was cool. Surviving 5 days with only 500 pesos in tow is feasible, but not easy. And yes, that amazingly morbid feature about the art of torture.

Other articles this month include a guide to doing household chores successfully, a guide to living an immortal life and a guide to scoring a date or two with your lovely office mate.


Lovely issue, as always. AWESOME in a walking-around-with-3D-glasses-on way. Ok. It’s awesome, period. AWESOME.

*images from fhm.com.ph and Jinri Park on Facebook