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Manila holds 2nd prayer day for Hong Kong tourists slain in 2010

A Buddhist monk leads the rites to mark the first anniversary of last year's botched bus hostage drama at the Rizal Park in Manila Tuesday. They are from right front row, Tse Chi Hang, Lee Mei Chun, Lin Siu Ching, Tse Chi Kin, all relatives of Masa Tse, the tour guide who was the first to be killed by the hostage-taker. AP

The City of Manila will hold this morning its second Day of Prayer commemorating the August 2010 Rizal Park hostage drama that left eight Hong Kong tourists dead and strained relations between the Philippines and Hong Kong for over three years.

Posted: August 22nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

4 diplomatic nightmares of Aquino


As President Benigno Aquino III addresses the nation once again, INQUIRER.net looks back at the diplomatic nightmares he faced.

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

China welcomes PH apology

Tse Chi-kin, second from right, brother of killed hostage Masa Tse, is accompanied with hostage survivor and victims' family members during a news conference in Hong Kong Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Hong Kong and the Philippines reached a compromise Wednesday over Hong Kong's demands for an apology for the families of eight tourists killed in a bungled response to a 2010 Manila hostage-taking that soured relations. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

China has expressed support for the agreement between Hong Kong and the Philippine government over the 2010 Manila Hostage crisis and said it was relieved that the issue has finally reached a conclusion.

Posted: April 25th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Estrada flies to Hong Kong to apologize to kin of hostage victims

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

Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada on Tuesday left the country to formally apologize for the deaths of the eight Hong Kong tourists during the 2010 Manila hostage crisis.

Posted: April 22nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Palace deplores HK decision on visa sanction


Two days before Hong Kong is set to end visa-free visits by holders of official Philippine government passports, Malacañang on Monday expressed regret on the sanction, describing it a path away from common understanding.

Posted: February 3rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »