|Manila hears HK sanctions message, says moving towards tour bus massacre solution
Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said Manila and Hong Kong are working on a “mutually satisfactory" solution to the tour bus massacre of eight Hong Kong nationals.
“We are working quietly to achieve a result that is mutually satisfactory," Del Rosario said in Manila today.
He made the remarks hours after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying announced that the would impose sanctions unless steady progress is achieved within a month.
"I declare that unless we obtain steady progress within a month, the government will take necessary sanctions action,'' Leung said earlier today.
Hong Kong lawmakers will tomorrow discuss a call to withdraw visa-free access for Filipino visitors to Hong Kong.
A dismissed Philippine police officer took a busload of Hong Kong tourists hostage on August 23, 2010 in central Manila to demand his reinstatement in the police force. A 11-hour botched police rescue ended in a bloody carnage.
Though three years have lapsed, Philippines has refused to make a public apology for the bungled rescue, and failed to satisfy the demands of compensation, punishment of wrongdoers and ensuring the safety of tourists raised by the victims' families.