|Regina Ip moves ahead on proposal to suspend visas to Filipino visitors
Legislator Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee says her suggestion of suspending Hong Kong's visa waiver arrangement with Philippines has prompted Manila's top two representatives here to visit her offices for discussions.
Ip, who heads the New People's Party and is a former secretary for security, is moving the visa waiver suggestion next week as an amendment to a motion by People Power lawmaker Albert Chan Wai-yip, RTHK reports.
Both legislators want Philippines to apologize to Hong Kong victims of the bungled hostage-rescue attempt in Manila, and also to compensate those who survived the shooting, as well as the families of the dead tourists.
Ip says more than 700,000 Filipinos visit here every year, and a visa suspension could be implemented quickly.
Ip's suggestion comes as there was still no sign of an agreement between the survivors and families of the victims of the 2010 Manila bus hostage killings and a representative of the Manila city government, who is visiting Hong Kong.
The parties met on Tuesday to discuss a proposed apology and compensation plan.
Eight Hong Kong people were gunned down by a lone gunman who seized their tour bus.