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Philippine President Benigno Aquino is defending the way the police handled the crisis, after he visited the scene of the hostage standoff.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said, "It was a tactical decision. If there was no immediate threat to the hostages then you will wait it out. There is no, why force the issue? Why employ the final option as a first option? Why put the hostages at unnecessary risk? Don't forget from the get-go practically, he was releasing people so we were hoping that as the stress wore him down, he'd be more and more amenable to finding an amicable or peaceful solution to the problem. Unfortunately, that changed."
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