Date
17 December 2017
Manila mayor Joseph Estrada will visit Hong Kong next week to formally apologize on behalf of his city for the 2010 hostage crisis. Photo: Bloomberg
Manila mayor Joseph Estrada will visit Hong Kong next week to formally apologize on behalf of his city for the 2010 hostage crisis. Photo: Bloomberg

Manila mayor to visit HK to apologize for hostage siege

Manila mayor and former Philippine president Joseph Estrada will visit to Hong Kong next Tuesday to apologize for the 2010 Manila hostage crisis, which left eight Hong Kong tourists dead, China News Service reported Wednesday, citing Manila city councilor Hung Ying Chung.

Estrada will meet families of the siege victims on his four-day trip, Hung was quoted as saying, without disclosing further details of the schedule.

On Aug. 23, 2010, a sacked Philippine police officer hijacked a bus in Manila with 21 Hong Kong tourists on board. The 11-hour siege ended in a gun battle that left eight tourists dead and nine injured.

Survivors and relatives of the victims have unsuccessfully demanded an apology and compensation from the Philippine government.

Estrada has said he will apologize for the incident on behalf of Manila residents, not the national authorities.

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