19 March 2019
An 11-hour hostage siege in Manila in 2010 left eight tourists dead. Photo:
An 11-hour hostage siege in Manila in 2010 left eight tourists dead. Photo:

Philippine senior officials to apologize for hostage crisis

Philippine Cabinet Secretary Jose Almendras and Philippine National Police director general Alan Purisima are expected to meet Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and families of the 2010 Manila hostage siege Wednesday to apologize for the deadly incident, according to Ming Pao Daily News.

The two officials follow in the footsteps of Manila mayor Joseph Estrada, who arrived in Hong Kong Tuesday, and is expected to offer compensation to the families of each of the victims, the newspaper reported Wednesday.

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 demanded an apology and compensation, punishment for officials who dealt with the crisis, and greater safety for tourists. But, the Philippine government has not issued a formal apology despite Hong Kong tightening travel requirements for all Philippine diplomatic and official passport holders, the report said.

Legislative councillor James To Kun-sun, who is helping victims’ families in negotiations, was quoted as saying that he expects talks with the Philippine officials to bear fruit this time.

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