DID you watch the hostage taking last Monday? Oh my goodness! I have no comment about how the police handled the situation. However, I would like to comment about their equipment. So sad. They did not even have a ladder to access the emergency exit at the back of the bus. Instead, they climbed on the police vehicle. Their large hammers were not large enough. It was so pathetic to see that one policeman trying to open the main door of the bus. Take note, they had several hours to plan. How embarrassing, and the whole world saw it.

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Comparing it with golf, it is like playing in a tournament with an incomplete set. It is like using a pitching wedge to putt because you do not have a putter. It is like playing golf without a golf ball, and you play with a ping pong ball instead. It is like they ask you to play golf for the first time and expect you to win. They say that "it is in the Indian, not the arrow." But in the case of the police force during the hostage taking, I don't know.

Tips for our government. Upgrade the equipment of our police force. Give them more training. And let them watch more action/police movies on TV. I have a feeling that the hostage taker got his idea from watching too many action movies.

Going back to golf, it is really hard to win a tournament when you come unprepared. You need training. You need the right equipment. You have to be prepared physically and mentally. Experience counts a lot. Let us not put all the blame on our police force. What's done is done. I hope they learn from their mistakes and shortcomings. This is the question everyone is asking--if you were the head of the police, given the situation, what would you have done differently?

Change topic. To those with cancer, to those who have loved ones with cancer, and to those who have friends with cancer, I would like to remind you that there is a seminar that is going to be held at the Royal Mandaya Hotel on August 28, from 8 a.m. till 12 noon. The seminar is entitled "Giving Hope to those with Cancer." You might be interested to learn about Fuda Hospital in Guangzhou China. I am here in Fuda right now with my Dad and my Mom. The guest speaker of the seminar is Fuda Hospital's General President and Chief Physician, Professor Kecheng Xu.

There will be a free consultation that will follow in the afternoon from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Another free consultation will take place on the next day from 9 a.m. to 12nn. Do not miss this opportunity. By the way, the seminar is FREE!

Congratulations to members of the Amiya Team--winners of the 2010 Dynasty Cup held at Rancho Palos Verdes Golf & Country Club. After the third and final round, Amiya team had 50.50 points, the highest number of points, while the Korean Dream Team won first runner-up with a total of 49 points, and the Dream Team got third place with a total of 46.50 points.

The Amiya team members are Bobby Wee (captain), Sherwin Bahani, Noel Yango, Faisal Samanodi, Andrew Bautista, Ed Guevarra, Joseph Go, Bill Larousse, Marc Lopez, Kuresh Samanodi and Manny Nittoreda.

Congratulations to the winners of the Beverage Industry Association Golf Cup held at Apo Golf & Country Club last August 20. They are as follows:

Champion - Vincent Gumapac

1st runner-up - Etrone Alimar

2nd runner-up - Toffee Tionko

Special Prizes:

Nearest to the Pin - Vincent Gumapac

Most Accurate Drive - Paul Ramos

And the most prestigious special prize of all--the BIAP Touring Golfer Award, which is more popularly known as The Most Exercised Player Award (last place, ahaha), goes to Lito delos Reyes.