Manila hostage crisis still being resolved - Palace
MANILA - Malacanang clarified that the tension emanating from the Manila hostage crisis back in 2010 has yet to be resolved.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Hong Kong Executive Leung Chun-ying was correct in saying that both nations have not yet agreed to put the bus tragedy behind them.
She denied a report from a broadsheet that President Benigno Aquino III has said the contrary.
“The broadsheet had reported that both leaders—that the Chief Executive of Hong Kong as well as the President had agreed to put the incident behind them when there was no such statement,” she told radio dzMM.
In fact, both Hong Kong and the Philippines have only recently agreed to begin official talks over the botched hostage crisis plan that left eight Hong Kong nationalities dead.
"We're taking a small step in the right direction," Leung had said.
Valte noted the agreements have not diminished what happened three years ago. “On the contrary, it is being addressed and, hopefully, both parties have [or] did acknowledge the need to find a resolution to it,” she said.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima is also set to travel to Hong Kong on Monday.
Asked if de Lima will be carrying a letter of apology from Aquino, Valte said: “I will have to verify the purpose of the official business of Secretary De Lima. I have not spoken to her.”
Valte said she only knows de Lima will be giving the survivors and the families of the victims updates in the case.
“I am aware that the Justice Secretary was tasked to brief—along with our Consul General in Hong Kong—to give the survivors as well as the families of those who were lost a briefing on the status of the cases as pending here in our courts. But then I will have to verify if that is—she’s traveling for that purpose or for some other purpose,” Valte said.