HONG KONG has no plans of relenting on its plan to impose economic sanctions on the Philippines over the 2010 Manila hostage crisis.
The Hong Kong based news website, rthk.hk, quoted Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying as having said that they have been in “close contact” with the Philippine government in the past days regarding the implementation of the sanctions.
The Philippine government supposedly never asked for an extension of the deadline of the demands of the victims’ families.
Some lawmakers believe that both sides should talk if there is a need to delay the implementation especially in light of the typhoon that ravaged central Visayas last week. However, some lawmakers said that the disaster in the Visayas is not related to the demand of the families of the tourists killed in Manila who are seeking justice.
Earlier, a report published by the South China Morning Post said lawmakers in Hong Kong voted to impose economic sanctions against the Philippines because of President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s continued refusal to apologize for the botched rescue attempt that cost the lives of eight Hong Kong tourists.
The reports said the lawmakers also voted 41 to three, with seven abstentions, in favor of former security chief Regina Ip Lai Suk-yee’s proposal to scrap the visa-free access for Filipinos.
After the visa-free access was scrapped, an amendment to impose restrictions on Filipina maids there was withdrawn.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it is working “quietly” to resolve the issue.
The families of the hostage victims have been calling on Aquino to apologize for the botched rescue attempt and compensate the families of the fatalities, those who were injured and those who were traumatized.
Although the Philippine government has already offered $75,000 for the families of the deceased and $150,000 to the injured, the families believe this is not enough. But they also want those responsible for the botched rescue to be held accountable.