Hong Kong hostage relatives sue PH government

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In this file photo taken on August 23, 2010, Philippine policemen take position as they start their attack on a hijacked tourist bus in Manila. AFP FILE PHOTO

HONG KONG — Hong Kong survivors of a Manila hostage crisis and families of those killed sued the Philippine government Thursday to demand an apology and compensation, a day before the tragedy’s third anniversary.

The group took the case to a local court after accusing Manila of failing to respond to their demands over the 2010 drama, which cost the lives of eight tourists following a bungled rescue operation.

“Until now, there is no positive response to our demands regarding the tragedy,” said Tse Chi-hang, brother of tour guide Masa Tse.

The guide was among those killed when a sacked Philippine policeman seized a bus packed with tourists in a desperate bid to be reinstated in his job.

“It is painful, when you see there is no progress at all, and there is no sign from the Philippine government on taking responsibility,” Tse told AFP.

The Philippine government and then-Manila mayor Alfredo Lim are among nine parties being sued, Tse said, adding that they are also seeking “reasonable” compensation.

Philippine Justice Secretary Leila de Lima was quoted as saying last year that the government was not bound by the rulings of Hong Kong courts.

After lengthy negotiations, police mounted an assault on the bus. The hostage-taker and eight tourists were killed and seven others were wounded in an incident broadcast live on television around the world.

The apparent incompetence of the police who mounted the assault outraged the residents of Hong Kong, a city with low crime rates. Local politicians accused the Hong Kong government and Beijing of failing to press the demands of the victims.

The Hong Kong government has maintained a warning against travel to the Philippines following the incident.

Joseph Estrada, a former Philippine president and the current mayor of Manila, apologized this week for the tragedy but this was rejected by relatives of victims and survivors.

President Benigno Aquino has expressed regret and admitted the crisis should have been handled better, but refused to apologize when the victims’ families travelled to the scene of the incident in Manila in 2011.

However Aquino apologized in May for the killing by his country’s coastguard of a Taiwanese fisherman.

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  • reddfrog

    Every time some foreigner says something bad about PH people want an apology: Claire Danes, desperate housewives, etc. Sometimes its not even clear if what was said were really insults: Justin Beiber, Iowa cop and his lie detector comment, etc… But when Filipinos kill some foreigners, idiots like warillaman are outraged that the victims are demanding an apology. What a fxcking retard. Apology is one of the highest expression of humanity, only humans are capable of apologizing. Apparently some haven’t evolved past the primate stage.

  • edleon

    PH government should apologise and compensate and send Ex-Mayor Lim to Hong Kong for prosecution! Maliwanag naman kung saan may pagkakamali!

  • Guest

    PH government should apologise and compensate and send Ex-Mayor Lim to Hong Kong for prosecution! Maliwanag naman kung saan may pagkakamali!

  • Guest

    PH government should apologise and compensate and send Ex-Mayor Lim to Hong Kong for prosecution! Maliwanag naman kung saan may pagkakamali!

  • barry p

    What’s the difference between the Taiwanese poacher kille din high seas and the Hong Kong nationals killed in Luneta?

    The Taiwanese poacher was killed because of the direct action of government agents (coastguard)…

    While the Hong Kong nationals were killed by a deranged criminal acting on his own.

    There are international laws and legal precedents concerning the Taiwanese case…while there is none in the case of the Hong Kong nationals.

    Don’t get me wrong, both are extremely unfortunate and regrettable, but there is simply no legal precedent supporting the payment to Hong Kong dependents for what happened, for what an individual deranged criminal have done on his own accord.

    BUT IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS….In the spirit of solidarity, humanity….to express our sympathy with the families of the innocent victims maybe the government should voluntarily extend monetary gift or donation to the families.

    Let’s have closure on this one.

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    • .Hugo

      your police acted unprofessionally and neglected and missed all rescue opportunities, and your government denied responsibilities.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Filippino’s should understand Hong Kong reactions,
    while themselves are the “Twisted” Administration’s and Politic’c daily victim’s.
    Sadly Filipino’s used to it, it isn’t the same reality in most others Countries.

    Too many gun totting’s and corrupt’s haunting Politic’s, Administration’s,
    and Business Club’s
    even the Clergy protecting GMA criminal liabilities was “Tainted” with envelop’s and “Pajero’s”.

    It’s the result of a wide spread lawlessness and collusion’s among the untouchables “elites” and the Medieval Plutocratic Country “owners”.
    The Politicians are their lackey’s and partners.

    When it affect foreigners from decent countries it’s showing up a civilization gap about the life and Justice values.
    The Life is lasting longer in Hong Kong than in the Philippines…

    Few Years ago by car accident in Manila,
    it was more expensive to kill a dog than a pedestrian.
    Still with today road accident’s,
    the doctrine “better dead than alive” is inspiring some…

    • .Hugo

      local hk media has recently visited the swat team hq, and wow you just can’t believe how run down the place is. and training? yea, on paper only.

      • zdrx

        ok…ok. i understand HK police are quartered in sleek, highly sanitized, well perfumed quarters. they are trained to be squeamish, snobbish, freaking faggotz.

      • .Hugo

        HK police and cadets are trained in purposely built facilities which can simulate all sorts of situations in all weather and at any time, it’s swat team and airport special unit take reference to sas doctrines and are trained even harder, when compared with the philippines you guys are like squatters.

      • crazy_horse_101010

        it takes a squatter to know a squatter especially one from china who is squatting here using up resources good people can use

      • zdrx

        and i also watched the hollywood movie series, POLICE ACADEMY …..and i had a good laugh. it was a comedy film. LOL

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