The Philippines expressed its “most sorrowful regret” and “profound sympathy” Wednesday over the 2010 Manila bus hostage tragedy that killed eight Hong Kong people but stopped short of offering an apology from President Aquino.
In a joint statement, the Philippine and Hong Kong governments said all outstanding issues will be resolved.
The Philippines assured the Hong Kong government that measures are being taken to hold to account those responsible and conclude outstanding proceedings as soon as possible, the statement said.
In addition, Manila made assurances that such an incident will not happen again.
The two governments agreed that the four demands of the victims’ families — apology, compensation, sanctions against responsible individuals and tourist safety measures — will be resolved. The statement did not elaborate.
“In the spirit of solidarity and in acknowledgement of the loss of the victims and their families, an additional token of solidarity will be given to the victims or their families as a most sincere gesture of compassion of the people of the Philippines,” the statement said.
The agreement comes during a visit by Manila mayor and former Philippine president Joseph Estrada intended to defuse tensions between the two governments.
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