• No new govt apology for Luneta hostage incident

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    The victims of the Luneta bus hostage crisis cannot expect a new apology from the Philippine government because they are poised to sue the government for compensation.

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

    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 before he took over the post.

    The victims wanted an 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 government is unnecessary because the incident was the act of one man.

    The Philippines was severely criticized by the international community for the botched attempt to rescue the victims.

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

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

    BERNICE CAMILLE V.  BAUZON

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