The BBC carried this:
The rescue attempt was bungled, leaving eight Hong Kong tourists dead – causing outrage in Hong Kong and mainland China, and straining diplomatic ties.
On Monday Mr Aquino said “appropriate charges” including serious neglect of duty would be filed against the head of the capital’s police force, the district police chief, the head of the SWAT team and the police hostage negotiator, reported news agency AFP.
“The message has to be sent… when you accept the perks and privileges of the office, the duties and responsibilities are equally accepted by you. You are responsible for your failure,” he said, referring to the policemen, the agency reported.
Mayor Lim and the deputy ombudsman will face lesser administrative charges – but key aides of the president, Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo and Interior Undersecretary Rico Puno, escaped any charges.
I think it is a mistake for Lim to have lesser administrative charges. I also think it is a mistake not to charge media on the matter. Yes, we have freedom of speech and expression— but should we be irresponsible in exercising our civil liberties?
Should Puno have been charged? At the very least he was in a position to advice the president to take greater action, and he didn’t. As IIRC reported there are no exact rules to determine when such action ought to have been determined.