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Two survivors of the Philippine hostage taking have already returned to Hong Kong. Other survivors and the bodies of victims return on Wednesday.
Their return was delayed for one day due to procedural issues, including getting the death certificates for the bodies. In discussions between the two governments it was decided to return the bodies on Wednesday. The survivors who are able to travel and their relatives will return on Wednesday. Seven other survivors will remain in hospital in Manila. For those going home, a farewell ceremony will be held at Manila's international Airport.
Liu Jianchao, China Ambassador to the Philippines, said, "First we asked the other party to speed up the investigation process, and to let us know the result of the investigation. Second, we asked them to help us in completing the necessary procedure for the bodies so that they can be returned to Hong Kong soon, back to their homes."