PH govt won't apologize to HK for 2010 Manila hostage crisis
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said October 23 that the Philippine central government will not apologize to Hong Kong for the bloody Manila hostage crisis in 2010.HK chief vows to seek justice for victims of hostage crisis
Hong Kong Chief Executive C Y Leung said Tuesday in Beijing that the Hong Kong government will seek justice for the families of the victims and injured people in the Hong Kong hostage crisis in Manila, the Philippines, three years ago.Mayor to apologize over hostage crisis
The City Council of Manila has passed a resolution granting authority to Mayor Joseph Estrada to personally apologize to Hong Kong for the 2010 hostage crisis that left eight people dead, according to media reports on October 22.
Chinese government strongly condemned the hostage-taking in Manila and demanded the Philippine government thoroughly investigate the incident.
All government offices in Hong Kong lowered flags at half- mast to mourn Hong Kong tourists killed in the abduction tragedy in the Philippines.
The Philippine authorities promised a credible probe into the hijacking, but said the preliminary results of the investigation won't be made public.
Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines urged the Philippines to press ahead with the investigation into the hostage crisis.
The Incident Investigation and Review Committee (IIRC) report on the hostage crisis was officially submitted to Philippine President Benigno Aquino III.
Manila delivers hostage-crisis report to ChinaThe HKSAR government receivedfrom the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
of the People's Republic of China in Hong Kong a copy of the first report of the IIRC of the Philippines.
Several Hong Kong journalists were kicked out of the 2013 APEC summit in Manila because they shouted questions about the Manila hostage crisis at Benigno Aquino III.
Chinese President Xi Jinping
ordered related Chinese departments to follow up on the issue.
China urged the Philippine government to properly handle the requests from family members of the eight Hong Kong residents.
As long as the Philippine government owes Hong Kong an apology and compensation for the Manila hostage crisis in 2010…anger will keep building among Hong Kong’s citizens, who will eventually turn to China’s central government for help and increase their appeals to put pressure on the Philippines.
However, a county’s foreign policy depends on many aspects, such as the overall interests of the country, regional security and international relations. The central government may not play the hard ball that the democratic activists in Hong Kong seek, which will in turn provoke further criticism from the pro-democracy camp. Therefore, the Hong Kong government should be open to opinions from all sides and seek effective ways to negotiate with the Philippine government. If the crisis remains unresolved, the Hong Kong government, or even the central government, will be put in an unfavorable position. Stnn.ccThe hostage crisis is not a political liability for Joseph Estrada as it occurred when Alfredo Lim was the mayor of Manila. Estrada’s political reputation will not be ruined if he apologizes for the mistake of his predecessor. Estrada will even win more political support if he gains forgiveness from the victims and their relatives through apologies and compensation, persuades the Hong Kong government to lift its travel ban to the Philippines, and eliminate any risk of sanctions. The Philippines may benefit economically from Estrada’s visit to Beijing and Hong Kong in November.
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