China tells PH: Pay attention to kin of hostage victims
MANILA – The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Monday said the Philippine government must not forget the victims of the 2010 Manila hostage crisis and their respective families' demands.
"The Chinese government's position on the Hong Kong hostage crisis is consistent and clear. We urge the Philippine government to pay high attention to the requirements and concerns of the families of the victims, take concrete and effective measures and work out a proper solution as soon as possible," Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Huan Chunying said.
"We support the Hong Kong SAR (Special Administrative Region) government in staying in close communication and coordination with the Philippine government on this issue. The Chinese side has conveyed to the Philippine side the above position through the diplomatic channel."
The issue on the bungled rescue operation in 2010 that left 8 Hong Kong tourists dead were opened anew after several Hong Kong journalists were barred from covering the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit for aggressively asking President Benigno Aquino III about the incident.
Aquino then held a meeting with Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung (Leung Chun Ying) to discuss the 2010 incident that severely affected ties between the two countries.
Aquino said that both sides are trying to put closure to the issue.
He again expressed his condolences and "deepest regret" over the incident but did not make an apology on behalf of the Philippines and explained to Leung that it is contrary to Filipino culture to say sorry for what was the fault of another person, referring to the act of the hostage-taker for this particular incident.
In time for the third anniversary of the Manila tragedy last August, the relatives of the victims sued the Philippine government to demand an apology and compensation.
The group took the case to a local court after accusing Manila of failing to respond to their demands over the 2010 hostage drama.
The Hong Kong government has maintained a warning against travel to the Philippines following the incident. – with Agence France-Presse