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Hong Kong warns of sanctions on PHL over Manila hostage tragedy

11-06-2013 13:30 BJT

Now for the latest on the aftermath of the 2010 hostage crisis in the Philippine capital, Manila, which resulted in the deaths of 8 people from Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying says the Hong Kong SAR's government is urging the Philippines to make a concrete and timely response to the demands of the victims and their families.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said his government has held official discussions with the Philippine government and the City of Manila separately, aiming to work out a satisfactory response to the four demands of the victims and their families. He said they have seen some progress but still have a long way to go.

"The city government would take necessary actions, unless substantial progress is made within one month by the Philippine side." Leung said.

Leung also said motions for sanctions against the Philippines from Legislative Council members are scheduled to be debated on Wednesday.

Eight Hong Kong tourists died after a dismissed policeman took a busload of tourists hostage on August 23, 2010. A botched police rescue attempt prompted him to open fire on his hostages before he was himself gunned down.

Following the hostage crisis, Hong Kong demanded an apology from the Philippine government, compensation for the families of the victims, punishment of the officials responsible, and improvement for tourist safety.

Though three years have lapsed, the Philippine government still refused to make a public apology and failed to satisfy the demands of the victims and their families.

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