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Monks’ 11-hr prayers soften pain of 2010 hostage tragedy

HEALING PROCESS  Buddhist rituals turn a section of Quirino Grandstand into a golden shrine on Saturday, the first of two Days of Prayer set by Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada (in barong) for the eight Hong Kong tourists killed in the August 2010 hostage crisis. The second day, set for Christian rites, is Aug. 23, the fourth anniversary of the tragedy. JOAN BONDOC

Chanted prayers echoed across Quirino Grandstand in Manila starting Saturday morning as a group of Buddhist monks from Hong Kong led the commemoration of the August 2010 hostage drama that left eight Hong Kong tourists dead and strained relations for more than three years between the Philippines and the Chinese administrative region.

Posted: August 9th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Aquino happy Luneta hostage fiasco now behind him

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

Hounded by diplomatic tension with Hong Kong for more than two years, President Benigno Aquino was relieved to put the August 2010 Manila hostage drama that caused the problem finally behind him, Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras said.

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

Manila-HK spat: Mayor Estrada giving it a try

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada  INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said the city government will seek the help of the ambassador of China regarding efforts to appease Hong Kong, which insists on an apology from President Aquino over the hostage-taking that killed Hong Kong tourists in 2010.

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Hostage-taker yields after Sunday sermon

Retired US Navy surrender after taking hostage of a cashier of Paradise Apartelle in Timog Avenue, Quezon City. ARNOLD ALMACEN/INQUIRER

A sermon on a Sunday afternoon from a police official convinced a 57-year-old American to free his hostage at an apartelle in Quezon City and voluntarily give himself up, effectively ending a three-hour standoff.

Posted: January 12th, 2014 in Americas,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

P60M compensation eyed for HK hostage victims


Chinese-Filipino businessmen based in Manila are planning to raise P60 million to compensate the families of the victims of the 2010 Rizal Park hostage crisis that left eight Hong Kong tourists dead.

Posted: October 26th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »