No apology from PH govt on Luneta bus incident

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The victims of the Luneta bus hostage crisis cannot expect a fresh apology from the Philippine government as victims of the tragedy poised to sue the government for compensation.

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday that the government “already conveyed deep regrets and condolences” regarding the killing of eight Hong Kong tourists by a disgruntled former police officer Rolando Mendoza in August 2010.

Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada apologized anew to the victims and their families, but the victims said the “new guy” cannot take the blame for something that happened way before he took over the post.

The victims wanted a formal apology in writing from the Philippine government, as well as compensation for the survivors and the families of those who perished in the incident.

President Benigno Aquino 3rd earlier said an apology from the State is unnecessary because the hostage-taking incident was the act of one man. The Philippines was gravely criticized by the international community for the botched rescue attempt of the victims.

Aside from the apology, the victims and their families were also asking for monetary compensation, improved tourist security and the sacking of the erring officials.

A suit is prepared to be filed before a Hong Kong court, reports said, that will include former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim and seven other officials.

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