|Manila 'rejects' China's hostages call
Philippine president, Benigno Aquino, is reported to have rejected a call by Premier Li Keqiang to resolve the dispute over the Manila hostage crisis as soon as possible.
Manila newspapers quoted Aquino's spokesman as saying the request had come too late. Premier Li yesterday told Aquino that the matter had dragged on for too long, RTHK reports.
Earlier in the week, Aquino and Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying agreed during a meeting at the APEC summit in Bail that official talks should be held on the massacre of eight Hong Kong residents on a tour bus.The rescue was bungled.
Victims' relatives and survivors have been demanding a formal apology and compensation from Philippine government.
Tse Chi-kin, the brother of slain tour guide Masa Tse Ming-chun, said he was "shocked" by the reports from Philippines.
In response, the Chief Executive's Office said that until the issue is properly resolved, relations between Hong Kong and Philippines would continue to be affected.
But the statement did not say if Leung had agreed with Mr Aquino to put the incident behind them.