Life in the Age of Terror

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Life in the Age of Terror

By Jose Bayani Baylon

June 05, 2017

THE attack of a “lone wolf” at a concert in the British city of Manchester was still fresh in our consciousness when we in Manila were rocked by news of a gunman burning up Resorts World Manila a few midnights ago. And before we could even find

out who the perpetrator of the RWM carnage was, we get reports of another incident at London Bridge resulting in a handful of dead and many more injured

Terrorist-perpetrated or not, one thing is clear -- we live in the age of incidents such as these that are sure to spread terror in the hearts and minds of the public.

These incidents are impossible to prevent. But how authorities respond to them can separate a well- handled one from a continuing disaster.

London is a city known for its bobbies, policemen who walk around their beat with a whistle and a nightstick on hand. When the perpetrators of the London Bridge attack swung into action, it took eight minutes for armed policemen to arrive, eventually

gunning down the three men who had emerged from the van to begin a stabbing spree. Eight minutes is a mighty quick response time - imagine how long it would take a PNP squad car to arrive on the scene of a crime? -- but if reports were true that

two unarmed security men were in the area but were unable to do much precisely because they were unarmed, then one wonders how much less damage the three attackers could have inflicted had they been subdued earlier.

In contrast I was watching the live press con of the PNP chief when he announced, among other things, that the lone gunshot victim was a RSW security guard who had shot himself in the confusion. This was already past 7 a.m., about 7 hours after

the gunman barged into RSW to begin his mad rampage. At that time no one knew of the 30+ bodies, victims of asphyxiation, and so I was left with the relieved feeling that the madman was rightfully the only death on record with all others injured in the process of evacuation or (in the case of the security guard) panic.

Turns out, the PNP chief would be wrong. Terribly wrong.

Living with the prospect of a terrorizing (if not terrorist) incident happening In our midst is apparently a reality of the age in which we live. But the prospect of being caught in the middle of such an incident (knock on wood) is made even more

harrowing at the thought that the authorities may not be truly prepared to handle one. Remember the Luneta hostage drama? That was one “kapalpakan” unmatched in the annals of rescue operations, but this one at Resorts World could come close.

Why do I say this? Because as the PNP chief himself explained, the SWAT team was doing a floor by floor clearing operation (of Maxim’s I suppose) and had reached the ninth floor when the gunman had gone down to the second floor, only to return to the fifth floor where he finally ended his life.

So what the PNP chief was saying was that the gunman had slipped through the PNP dragnet as it was going up the floors. How could you call that a sweep or a clearing operation then? How thorough a sweep do we do? And you mean to tell me we don’t leave security forces on every floor we have cleared? Sheesh.

Makes me wonder which to fear more: the prospect of being caught in the middle of a terrorizing attack or the prospect of being rescued...

Such, I guess, is life in the Age of Terror.

Basketball

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Canada

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MMA

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    AT SMART ARANETA COLISEUM

    ONE LUCKY TICKET HOLDER ON JULY 30 WILL WIN ONE MILLION PESOS

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    19 July 2016 - MANILA: Mario Sismundo, who will fight on July 30 for the World Series of Fighting Global Championship 3: Philippines vs. the World card at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, says that he is more than just Manny Pacquiao’s doppelgänger.

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    The resemblance is striking, in fact, when he trains at Fitbox Gym in Makati, he is often mistaken as Manny Pacquiao.

    Sismundo says, “Sobrang na inspire ako na kamukha ko si Manny Pacquiao kasi yung kamukha ko o kahawig ko ay di ordinaryong tao, kungdi, sikat sa buong mundo dahil sa kanyang galing sa boxing, at isa pa siyang Senador ngayon.  Baka sa pagtiyatiyaga at sipag sa mga laban ko, isang araw, masundan ko rin ang yapak ng idolo ko.”

    Sismundo continues, “Malaking bagay na nakasali ako sa ganitong kalaking organization, na galing pating Amerika.  Tulad sa akin, na galing sa General Santos City na matagal nang naghintay ng pagkakataon makalaban sa malaking audience, malaking bagay po talaga.  Matagal ko po itong pinangarap at dinasal.”

    This will be Mario Sismundo’s biggest fight in his entire boxing and MMA career, fighting for the first time in a 15,000-seater stadium in Quezon City, alongside fighters from all over the world.

    Sismundo says that his family, specially his father, has been supportive of his career all this time.  

    It is bittersweet though that at the biggest fight of his life, wherein his fight will be the co-main event on July 30, that his father won’t be able to watch it since he passed away just weeks ago. 

    “Sa pinakamalaking laban ng buhay ko, na matagal niyang hinintay, wala na siya…pero hindi iyon hadlang para ako manghina o mawalan ng gana lumaban, bagkos, lalo ko pang pag-iigihan ang training ko para manalo sa laban na ito, dahil inaalay ko sa kanya ang laban na ito”, Sismundo says.

    “At alam ko kahit wala na ang aking ama, manonood siya kahit nasa ibang mundo na siya”, adds Sismundo.

    WSOF-GC will host WSOF-GC 3 Philippines at Smart Araneta Coliseum on July 30, 2016. Tickets start at PHP300 with ringside seats available for PHP4000. Tickets are now on sale at http://www.etix.com/ticket/p/2988982/wsof-global-championship-3philippines-quezon-city-smart-araneta-coliseum. Smart Araneta Coliseum has been host to many great events over the years, but is most notably known for Ali vs Frazier III ‘The Thrilla in Manila’.

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Lifestyle

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