GeneralGranger: it is a well-followed rule in events organization that the organizer takes care of everything and the coordination and possible participation of government agencies. the concerned government agencies will only act upon the instruction or the request of the organizer.
there was a sufficient number of PNP personnel manning the area at that time but they simply followed what ABS-CBN has instructed them- stop snatching and other petty crimes and prevent rumbles from erupting. there was also no formal request for assistance from ABS-CBN staff at the site when they saw the crowd growing in numbers because these staffers stuck themselves to the plan drafted by Rene Luspo and Wowowee organizers wherein ABS-CBN security guards will be in-charge of overall security, crime control and crowd control and THEY WILL ONLY CALL THE ASSISTANCE OF THE PNP AND OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES WHEN NEEDED. therefore, the role of the PNP, Pasig City Government and Barangay Oranbo were merely dispensible as far as ABS-CBN was concerned.
As for the police, whatever General Oscar Valenzuela says, the PNP cannot wash its hands of blame. From 4 a.m. on that ill-fated Saturday, the ABS-CBN managers claim, they were asking the police to come "control" what was becoming an unruly mob. Ultimately, it is the duty of the police to maintain order, not just solve crime. That nobody "coordinated" or told the police what to do cannot be trotted out as an excuse for inability to tame a mob. Are they good only in dispersing anti-GMA demonstrations or riots?
The fact is that roughnecks on both sides tried to crash into the gate and grab the first "tickets" ahead of those who had been queuing patiently and legitimately some of them even camping on the spot days before the event. If our cops had only been properly tasked to wade in and bash a few heads (knocking sense into pushing and shoving bullies), the grief of that cruel stampede might have been avoided.
lastly, ABS-CBN said before the panel that it was expecting a 25,000- to 30,000-strong crowd of people to attend the Wowowee first anniversary at the ULTRA complex, which only had an actual capacity of 17,000 (combined seating capacity of the Philsports Arena and the ULTRA football field bleachers). given such fact, how come ABS-CBN insisted in having the event held at the ULTRA complex when it should have held the event at an open air park that can accomodate a huge number of people such as the Quezon Memorial Circle (Luneta was not available then because it was being used as the venue for the Franklin Graham rally) or in a large stadium such as the 30,000-seat Rizal Memorial Stadium in Malate?
from: jojo Gabinete.. Abante on line
From Neil Oliver ([email protected] yahoo.com) na nagsabi na duda siya kung ipa-publish namin ang kanyang email:
"Sana, natatandaan mo pa ako, regular reader mo ako at fan na fan ako nina Diana Zubiri at Juliana Palermo. But this email is about the stampede. Let me clarify first na avid viewer ako ng Wowowee and I have nothing against Willie Revillame pero ito ang observation ko.
"December 2005 pa lang, sinabi ko na ito sa email ko sa ibang columnists kaso mukhang maka-Willie sila at ayaw nila na tumanggap ng constructive criticism from a viewer kaya di na nila ipinarating sa kinauukulan.
"Last December, a week before the Wowowee Christmas presentation, may episode sila na may contestant sa BIGAT-10 portion na taga-Bataan, isang babae na pangit, mahirap at nagpapatawa. Noong siya na ang isalang, pa-komedi ito na bumati at naglambing kay Willie. Alam mo kung ano ang naging reaksyon ni Willie (again I admired him ha, constructive criticism lang ito), pa-suplado na binara niya ang babae at sinabi na "Kung maglalaro kayo dito, magbigay lang kayo ng statement sa makakalaban ninyo, wala nang bati-bati!"
"Okey na sana yon, kaso ang sumunod na mga maglalaro ay from TFC subscribers group, isang maganda, mayaman at Fil-Am na babae. Bumati ito paghawak pa lang sa microphone at binati ang mga kasama sa studio, pati ang mga nasa abroad. Ano ang naging reaction ni Willie? Hindi niya binara, hindi sinupladuhan o pinagalitan bagkus he entertained that beautiful woman. Is that fair, Jojo?
"They can review the tapes of their show, I forgot lang the date of that episode but it was aired days before December 24. Ang pangit, mahirap at mukhang mabahong babae from Bataan, binara niya noong bumati samantalang ang galing sa US na maganda, mabango at mayaman, in-entertain pa niya. Ito ba ang maka-masa talaga?
"Siguro, ang nangyari sa stampede, eye-opener kay Willie na ang pagtulong sa kapwa dapat ay sinsero, kahit wala sa camera. Tingnan mo, dahil siguro alam ng Diyos ang totoong nasa puso ng mga taong sangkot sa show, ito ang naging bunga. Karma ba ito ng show na buhay ng mga tao ang naging kapalit?
"I dont know pero ayaw kong magduda sa pagiging matulungin ni Willie pero kapag naaalala ko ang episode na yon dahil ako mismo, napanood ko yon ay nagdadalawang isip ako. Isa pa, inamin ni Willie sa interview na Wednesday (Feb. 2) pa lang, palihim siyang nag-o-observe sa ULTRA at na-touch siya nang makitang maraming mga nakapila, hindi ba niya naisip man lang na magpalagay ng mga portable toilet para sa fans na nakapila gayong alam niya na ilang araw pa na nakapila doon ang mga tao? Thanks, Jojo."
*okay* tama ka dyan..
tingin ko 'di naman siguro kasalanan talaga ni willie yon, pero i think staff ng abs-cbn siguro pati na rin yung security ng ultra saka mga pulis ang nagkaro'n ng pagkukulang, anyways, sinagot naman ng network yung mga gastusin yata eh, yona ng lumalabas sa mga balita, i also take my hat off to those people in the rival network and rival show who joined also showed their grief on the untoward incident, kinalimutan nila ang competition, so tingin ko, dapat tayo rin na mga nandito 'di na natin siguro dapat pag-usapan ang network wars 'di ba? dami na namatay eh...