Thursday, October 23, 2014   

Manila won't apologize despite HK sanctions
(01-30 15:03)

The Philippines has reportedly said it regrets Hong Kong's decision to impose sanctions on the country over the Manila bus hijacking in 2010, but won't apologize.
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying announced yesterday that visa-free arrangements will be suspended for all diplomatic and official Philippine passport holders because Manila had refused to apologize for the tragedy, which left eight Hong Kong people dead.
Reports from Manila say a foreign affairs spokesman told a news conference that as a sovereign nation, the Philippines is not prepared to consider the SAR government's demand for an apology.
He also reportedly said the sanctions were unfortunate because there had already been a "substantive closure" of the affair three years ago. --RTHK   
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