|Leung underlines determination to seek justice for victims and survivors of Manila bus bloodbath
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said in Beijing today the government will seek justice for the families of victims and injured who suffered in the Manila tour bus massacre, three years ago. Eight Hong Kong people were gunned down in cold blood by a Filipino policeman who took them hostage.
Leung made the remarks in response to a resolution by Manila's City Council requesting the city government to apologize to the people of Hong Kong.
Leung, who just arrived at Beijing to attend a symposium, said he learned of the resolution as he stepped off the plane.
Leung said with the support of Beijing, Hong Kong had been contacting Philippine government over the past two weeks and continues to seek justice for the families of the victims and those who were injured.
He emphasized that Hong Kong will also keep in touch with the relatives of the victims and the injured, and their opinions will be respected.
Philippine media reported that the council hopes the apology will mend the strained relationship between Hong Kong and Manila.
Survivors and relatives of the victims have been pushing for a formal apology and compensation for three years. Philippine President Benigno Aquino, however, said earlier this month that he would not apologize, adding that a lone gunman was responsible.—Xinhua