Except of a letter written by 15-year old Reigno Jose Dilao as posted on CNN iReport:
As you are reading this letter, I bet that you have seen/heard about what happened earlier in our country.
Tourists were hostages of a policeman here, Rolando Mendoza. After a few hours of the horrible crime, some of the victims were dead including the hostage-taker.
I wrote this letter not just to apologize but also to let everyone know that we Filipinos are not all like Mendoza. We are loving and good-hearted people.
For so many years, our country has been standing tall and surpassing every dilemma; be it small or big. Years ago (back when I wasn’t born yet), you have watched us fight for what we think is right. We fought for the democracy of our nation.. The EDSA revolution. But that’s just one out of many.
Twitter users: please include the hashtag #ManilaIsSafe.
“I love this country and I love living here. This incident should not make us hostage. This is something we can learn from and not something we can be remembered for,” said sports anchor and Yahoo! Southeast Asia blogger Patricia Hizon, the initiator of the campaign.