Bus hostage fiasco a closed case–DFA

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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

MANILA, Philippines—As far as the Philippines is concerned, the death of eight Hong Kong tourists in a tragic bus hijack in Manila three years ago is a closed case.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) made this statement even as relatives of those who were killed in the incident took to a Hong Kong court Thursday and sued the Philippine government, including former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, saying their demands for a formal apology and proper compensation have yet to be met.

“As far as we’re concerned, this matter has been fully settled,” DFA spokesperson Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez said via text message on Friday.

Hernandez has yet to issue comments on the legal action, saying the home office has not received official communication about the case from the Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong.

He earlier said it was the “prerogative of the families of the victims to take any action regarding this issue.”

Relatives of the Hong Kong tourists killed in the Aug. 23, 2010, bus hostage drama on Thursday filed a lawsuit against nine parties in the Philippines on the eve of the incident’s third anniversary to press for compensation and reiterate their demand for a formal apology.

Their loved ones were among 22 Hong Kong tourists taken hostage by disgruntled police officer Rolando Mendoza in 2010, an incident that grabbed international headlines following a bungled rescue.

Mendoza was known to have killed the eight victims before police shot him dead, ending a much-criticized police operation meant to end the standoff.

President Aquino had said it was not appropriate for the Philippine government to apologize for the incident as the state was not responsible for the harm inflicted on the Hong Kong tourists.

He, however, expressed deep regret for the bloodshed, a sentiment communicated to Hong Kong by former Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim to former Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Chang during a meeting on Dec. 16, 2010.

The House of Representatives and the Manila City Council also separately passed resolutions expressing sympathies to the Hong Kong people for the deaths. The Philippines has also provided “financial tokens of solidarity” to the victims’ families, the DFA said.

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  • bongarroyo

    bigyan na lang ng tig-iisang siopao iyang mga magdedemanda.

    papipiliin pa kung asado o bola-bola.

  • $26606290

    Palabas sa NatGeo kagabi. Nakakahiya. Nagpainterview pa ang lahat ng lumahok sa kapalpakan.

    They were our visitors. Although we could not provide them with round the clock security, we could have at least handled the situation in a more professional manner. Nakisawsaw ang mga pulitiko sa mga pulpol na pulis. When all it could have taken was a single shot from a sniper early in the day.

    The hostagetaker, in the end, was shot in the head by a sniper…..but only after eight of the hostages were killed.

    True to form pulpol at palpak…..and you have the gall to be arrogant and refuse to appease the relatives. Kung sa pamilya niyo nangyari yon?

    • walaywalay

      1–The families could and should file a wrongful death lawsuit against–not the RP government–but the AFP and each officer involved

      2 the negotiator who admittedly thought of his future as a negotiator over and above saving the lives of the hostages

      3 the head of the AFP who found a meal at a restaurant more important than having food delivered in order not to leave his command post and jeopardize the lives of the hostages by not being present to give the sniper team the authorization to fire

      4 failure to open the rear–never locked–emergency door–instead choosing to attempt to break through safety glass and pull open the jammed front door allowing the suspect plenty of time to shoot

      4 three times the suspect was out the bus door 3 times they failed to grab him

      YOUR JOB IS TO PROTECT THE HOSTAGE NOT YOUR CAREER

      AS>> A Midwest City, Okla., police captain shot the suspect just after he began counting down — fearing that he was about to end the young hostage’s life.
      The hostage negotiator, who had been crouching in front of Wallace,
      sprung into action once he believed the child’s life was immediately in
      danger.
      The video cuts off just as Capt. David Huff gets up and fires his gun
      at Wallace’s head. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

      Wrongful death action

      A civil action against someone who can be held liable for a death. Any tortious injury that caused someone’s death may be grounds for a wrongful death action. Under the common law, a claim for wrongful death had to be brought by the decedent’s survivors (usually close relatives only); modern wrongful death statutes have modified that rule.
      LETS NOT FORGET THE LOSS OF CONSORTUM SUFFERED BY THE HUSBAND/WIFE OF THE DECEASED
      loss of consortium n. the inability of one’s spouse to have normal marital relations, which is a euphemism for sexual intercourse. Such loss arises as a claim for damages when a spouse has been injured and cannot participate in sexual relations for a period of time or permanently due to the injury

      • $26606290

        PNP not AFP. Watched that interview too. That only shows how selfish most of us are. “Grabbing the hostagetaker will affect my credibility as a negotiator in the future”. Hopeless.

      • ARIKUTIK

        Kadami mong sinabi, simple lang naman ang hinihingi ng hostage taker. Ang bigyang linaw ang kaso niya. Napaka simpleng hiling pero ang Ego ni Aquino at Lim ay “way over” kahit mamatay ang hostages.

  • PurpleDaisy13

    re: “Bus hostage fiasco a closed case–DFA”

    Hong Kong plaintiffs disagree….there is no statute of limitations for filing homicide charges. That is, homicide charges against a Philippines Police Officer, disgruntled or not.

    It will be interesting to see if Hong Kong will support the Hong Kong plaintiffs and implement Economic Sanctions against the Philippines much like Taiwan did.

    • crazy_horse_101010

      re; retard speaks again why do you care fake american who says they live in america. it would be interesting to see what your real motives are, and just what business is it of yours.

    • Pedring2

      Don’t apologize on a matter that is already closed! Screw Honk-Honk-honkers!

    • ARIKUTIK

      Blood is on the balding head of incompetent Aquino.

  • DarkM

    “President Aquino had said it was not appropriate for the Philippine
    government to apologize for the incident as the state was not
    responsible for the harm inflicted on the Hong Kong tourists.”

    The police was responsible for the bungled rescue operation. Is there no code of command responsibility here?

  • KappaPhiPhi

    oo nga naman, did they not punish the culprit, the deputy ombudsman?

  • kismaytami

    Gusto ng mga tsekwa ng katarungan… eh di hukayin nyo sa sementeryo si rolando mendoza.

  • nakatutok

    it was happening while our leader and the ground/scene commanders are busy EATING ( FREE?) DINNER AT EMERALD RESTAURANT …Pnoy and Mayor Lim, as well as General Magtibay of Manila police..

    • wawa2172

      I agree with you that the Luneta Hostage taking was a big time blunder of our leaders including PNoy and Lim. Mayor Lim acted with all stupidity in handling the police brother of the hostage taker. PNoy just went to Luneta for photo ops and siopao snacks. Nakakainsulto pa ang pagngiti nito sa photo ops during his visit sa ill fated bus. Noy should have ask an apology to the victims to what happened and worst may nanagot ba na government officials sa nangyari, parang wala yata. Lim was never fired as Manila City Mayor dahil napaka lakas nito kay PNoy. Parang inulit lang ni Lim ang pag masaker nang mga magsasaka sa Mendiola bridge nuong panahon ni Cory at wala ring nanagot sa pagkamatay nang maraming rallyist nang paputukan sila nang mga tauhan ni Lim. Lim as PNP chief during that time could have ordered the shooting of the farmers. Walang kasalanan ang mga chinese tourist sa nangyari, they are here in the country to enjoy their vacation and feel what our country can offer but what they got what agonizing death because of the mishandling of PNoy and Lim on the situation. Now that Lim is no longer the Mayor dapar kasuhan siya sa court for murder of the tourist and PNoy could have his time in court after his presidency.

  • ARIKUTIK

    The true murderer of innocent tourist in Luneta were the 2 incompetent head officials. Aquino and Lim killed the hostages through negligence.

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