Govt working to resolve row with HK – Palace

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Malacañang on Wednesday said that the Philippine government has been working “quietly” with the Hong Kong government to find a solution to the dispute over the hostage crisis in 2010 that killed several Hong Kong tourists.

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Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that both sides are consulting with each other to resolve the issues, which include the demand for an official apology from the Philippines, compensation for the affected families, prosecution of those who are deemed responsible for the unfortunate outcome, and adoption of preventive measures.

“Both sides are working quietly to address these concerns and reach a mutually satisfactory conclusion,” he told reporters.

Hong Kong has warned that it may impose sanctions against the Philippines if President Benigno Aquino 3rd refuses to issue an apology for the botched rescue of the tourists who were taken hostage by a disgruntled policeman.

Hong Kong lawmakers had proposed to suspend the visa-free access for Filipino visitors to Hong Kong.

But Coloma said that the government is ready to assist those who will be affected by these possible sanctions.

“There are ongoing consultations and our mindset is this: Both sides are working quietly to address these concerns and reach a mutually satisfactory conclusion,” he added.

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