This was an unfortunate incident that played out on TV.
A former police officer took a busload of tourists hostage in downtown Manila on Monday morning, opening a 12-hour standoff that was broadcast live on television, including its end as police commandos stormed the bus before a watching crowd. Eight tourists, all from Hong Kong, were killed, along with the hostage-taker. He was identified as Rolando Mendoza, a 55-year-old officer who had been accused of robbery and extortion and was fired last year. [The New York Times Asia Pacific]
The incident happened around the corner from the U.S. Embassy and across from Rizal Park which has been the site of some of the most significant moments in Philippine history, this incident adding to that history.
This area is a couple of miles from Makati City, a popular tourist and computer training destination for Americans living and working in Korea. If you have visited Manila, it should come as no shock that an M-16 was used in this massacre considering you can walk into any mall or bank in Manila and be greeted by a guard carrying an M-16 on his shoulder. I wonder if this incident will prompt the U.S. to issue travel restrictions to the Philippines.