Your answers: Suspension of visa-free access to HK

Posted at 01/30/2014 11:20 PM | Updated as of 01/31/2014 11:19 AM

MANILA - The Hong Kong government has suspended the visa-free access of Philippine government officials and diplomats.

The decision, which will be effective starting February 5, is a sanction for the 2010 Quirino Grandstand hostage that which killed several Hong Kong residents.

But is the sanction fair?

On Thursday, TV Patrol asked on its social media accounts, “Ano ang masasabi mo sa parusa ng Hong Kong sa Pinas kaugnay ng 2010 Manila hostage crisis?”

Facebook users are divided on the issue.

Edilberto M. Anacion said, “Apology lang naman ang hinihingi ng Hong Kong, ganoon ba kahirap gawin ‘yun para sa Philippine government? Ayan tuloy. Well, punta na lang tayo sa Cebu, Davao, Palawan, patronize our own first.”

VJ Paraico agreed with Anacion and urged the Philippine government to apologize.

“Mag-sorry na lang kasi. May nagkamali talaga ‘dun sa pag-handle ng sitwasyon. Hindi naman nakakabaog ang paghingi ng paumanhin.”

Sally Zumsteg, on the other hand, suggested another option for Filipinos.

“Huwag nang pumunta ng Hong Kong, marami pang ibang bansang mapupuntahan.”

Jhayson Mortifero shared Zumsteg’s sentiment and claimed that the sanction is no big deal for Pinoys.

“It's not a big deal. Ipataw din ang same sanction: lahat ng Hong Kong citizens ay required ng Philippine visa kapag sila pupunta [sa bansa]. We don't need Hong Kong; mabubuhay ang mga Pinoy nang wala sila.”

Antonia Villagracia said that it is the Hong Kong nationals who will suffer from the sanction and not the Filipinos.

“Baka sila ang mawalan. Sa dami ng Pinoy na nagpupunta dyan para magtapon ng pera, sila ang mawawalan!”

Twitter users also gave mixed responses.

Jenna Termulo (‏@Jhenna_Termulo) said, “Tanggapin ang parusa ng Hong Kong at gawing lesson ang insidente ng 2010 hostage crisis na maging alerto palagi ang mga pulis.”

Twitter user Jhezychan (‏@nach288), echoed Termulo’s statement and asked Filipinos to respect Hong Kong’s decision.

“Decision ng Hong Kong ‘yun so respect na lang natin. Siguro, for the mean time lang naman ‘yun.”

Twitter user Ma-i (‏@mairifik) agreed. “It may sound absurd to some but that's how Hong Kong deals with the loss of their own. If it happened the other way around, we would do the same.”

Bruno Nars (‏@brunonarcissus) viewed the matter differently. “Ang kasalanan ng isang tao ay hindi kasalanan ng buong bansa.”

Mariebel Ferrancullo (‏@RiebeLine) said, “Okay lang, ‘di naman kailangan pumunta ng Hong Kong, ganda ganda ng Pilipinas eh. Dito na lang tayo.”