Manila mayor and former Philippine president Joseph Estrada is set to visit Hong Kong today to hold talks with the city government over the 2010 bus siege that resulted in the death of eight Hong Kong tourists, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday.
Estrada, who will be accompanied by Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras and Police Director General Alan Purisima, is likely to offer monetary compensation for the families of the siege victims, according to Philippine-based ABS-CBN News. Almendras has been the Philippines’ main negotiator with the Hong Kong government on the issue over the past year.
A spokesman of Hong Kong’s Security Bureau said on Monday the government is seeking solutions that can satisfy both sides. He said the Philippines must meet Hong Kong’s four demands before bilateral relationship can return to normal, according to the newspaper.
On Aug. 23, 2010, a dismissed Philippine police officer hijacked a bus in Manila with 21 Hong Kong tourists on board. Negotiations with the gunman failed, and eight of the tourists were killed when police stormed the bus.
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