Everywhere I surf I will read some criticism about the way the Filipino SWAT team handled the hostage crisis. Some blame them for being slow, others blamed them for being inefficient. But its always much easier to type on a keyboard than to run in front of gunfire.
If "T" marks the gunman, how will you take him out without hurting the passengers? Enter thru the backdoor and he will fire at you (and that's probably a death of a passenger there). Enter thru the front door and he will do the same. I saw a picture of a dead body on the bus steps earlier this morning.
1) No one knew if the driver was his accomplice (he may have escaped but maybe it was part of the plan?), probably why they didn't shoot him in daylight.
2) The glass windows and curtains hinders thermal and NVG
3) Gunman showed that he was willing to let hostages off during the day.
Call in the SWAT, SAS, Delta, SpecOps... who can ensure no deaths in this crisis? Gun ownership is a real problem in the Philippines but it will never cease. And I don't think the missing tourism dollars can do anything to change that in the near future.