Cassava, Jailbreaks, and Politicians

Death and chaos land the Philippines back in the world headlines: first the kids killed by contaminated cassava, then the bloody Abu Sayyaf jailbreak attempt. Key quote from the Philstar editorial:

Throughout the day the nation had to listen to the demands of people who had just killed three jail guards and were on trial for multiple murder and kidnapping. They even found allies in the usual publicity-hungry politicians and human rights advocates who were falling all over themselves to get into the picture and sabotage police negotiations. And we wonder why the country is turning into a terrorist paradise.

Also see Soliven’s column: “A murderous jailbreak try that turned into a disgusting circus.” (Read those Philstar links quickly, before their stupid link expiration.)