President Benigno Aquino 3rd has directed Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to meet with the relatives of Hong Kong tourists who died in the hostage-taking incident in Manila in 2010, according to Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte.
“The Justice Secretary was tasked to brief—along with our Consul General in Hong Kong—to give the survivors as well as the families of those who were lost a briefing on the status of the cases pending here in our courts,” Valte said.
President Benigno Aquino 3rd did not apologize to Hong Kong Executive Leung Chun-ying for the bungled hostage operation when the two leaders met on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit IN Bali, Indonesia last week.
Valte said that the Philippines and Hong Kong continue to hold talks on how to resolve the hostage crisis that left eight tourists dead.
She denied newspaper reports that President Aquino had said that he and Leung had agreed to put the incident behind them.
“Apart from the dialogue that is being requested, he has tasked the Secretary of Justice to give a briefing, and it is a way of moving forward. It doesn’t mean that it diminishes what had happened or that it is being set aside. On the contrary, it is being addressed and, hopefully, both parties have—did acknowledge the need to find a resolution to it,” Valte added.
She said that the Justice department will also give an update on the cases filed against the gunman, the policemen involved in the botched rescue and compensation to the families of the victims.