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PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 November, 2013, 3:25am
UPDATED : Sunday, 10 November, 2013, 2:51pm

Aquino apology call reaches fever pitch with Manila sanctions vote

Philippine president Benigno Aquino is right. He should not have to apologise for the hostage tragedy on behalf of his country. Hong Kong's self-righteousness and indignation has reached a feverish pitch, culminating with the passage of a non-binding Legislative Council motion for sanctions on Thursday.

The timing is far from ideal; it just exposes our callousness. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful ever recorded, slammed into the Philippines while our lawmakers deliberated in the air-con Legco chamber on sanctions.

It has set off landslides, caused blackouts in an entire province and cut communications in the country's central island provinces. At least four people have died but the death toll is expected to rise.

Albert Chan Wai-yip, a pan-democratic People Power lawmaker, launched the motion to impose sanctions against the Philippines unless Aquino cries uncle. The pro-establishment Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, our ex-security chief, helped with its passage by calling for an end to visa-free access for Philippine visitors to Hong Kong.

Jumping on the bandwagon, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has said he supports sanctions. This is perhaps a negotiating tactic, but more likely a cynical ploy to halt his plummeting popularity.

Now that's a political ménage à trois you rarely see in this town. It is, indeed, some kind of political pornography. But if Leung thinks that would help salvage his dwindling public support, I say don't bother. He will get no credit if Aquino apologises, only the blame if he doesn't.

Over the decades, how many Philippine domestic helpers have been mistreated and abused - how many driven to suicide? Should Manila demand an apology and a victims' fund from Hong Kong?

Dr Rizalina Bunyi, 55, was one of the victims killed in the Tiananmen Square terrorist attack last week. Shouldn't Manila now demand a formal apology and compensation from Beijing? How many Hong Kong visitors have been injured or killed in accidents that could be attributed to official negligence on the mainland? Should Beijing apologise?

The families of the victims of the Manila killings deserve closure. But our belligerence will not achieve that for them, only make it worse.

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jihm.ramones
Do you know for a fact that the Madrigal family has not been addressed by the Chinese government privately? Have the family expressed displeasure? Who are YOU to speak for the Madrigal or Bunyi family? Either way, do YOU yourself require a public apology? If you do, ask our great leader to ask for one. But Aquino has not, and won't, because he himself hasn't and won't even meet the Filipino family. I think even the likes of you knows that when you apologize you don't smirk. Why doesn't he have the same smirk at his mother's funeral? You RickRoll are one that measures your actions based on others. And that is a sign that you are a small minded simpleton.
ricardo.teehankee
Why the juvenile name-calling, Jihmbo? Have you reached the limit of your intellectual capacity already?
Are you saying that they don't need to apologize because we haven't asked for it? And that we need to apologize simply because they want us to? Wrong, Jihmbo. One apologizes because it is right to apologize, not because the other side asked, or did not ask, for an apology. And in this case, we do not have to apologize any more than we already have.
Anyway, who are YOU to speak for the Madrigal or Bunyi families, Jihmbo? You think that just because they haven't openly "expressed displeasure," they're somehow happy about losing family members? Has it ever occurred to you that maybe they just don't think it's worth the trouble?
Get off your high horse, Jihmbo. You like to think you're some kind of paragon of virtue. Unfortunately, you're just a self-righteous bore.
jihm.ramones
That's not name calling. The description befits you perfectly based on your comments that show an obvious lack of understanding of the facts. And as for my high horse, well you keep on coming back and asking for more, and you put me up here...and exhalted me for that matter. I was just citing facts. You brought up the 2 Filipino families, not me. And you are still talking about them hypothesizing that they "don't think it's worth the trouble". So in fact, you are speaking for them. See what I mean? Small minded simpleton = bingo. Keep talking...it only serves to show how silly you are.
ricardo.teehankee
Calling someone a simpleton, not to mention making fun of someone's name, is name-calling by all definitions, Jihmbo. Anyway it's obvious that you don't see anything wrong with it, and that is okay, as it shows your own lack of civility and intelligence.
Speaking of hypothesizing, what do you think this is, Jihmbo?
"Do you know for a fact that the Madrigal family has not been addressed by the Chinese government privately?"
So apparently, not only are you a ignoramus, Jihmbo, but you're a hypocrite as well. How does it feel to be hoist by your own petard, Jihmbo?
Not to mention that your hypothesizing is the worst, since there is no evidence whatsoever that the Chinese government has ever privately approached either family. You are simply trying - and extravagantly failing - to defend everything the Chinese do.
I brought up the two Filipino families since their situation is quite relevant to this discussion, as it displays the hypocrisy of the Chinese in demanding an apology from us while not giving an apology in a similar situation on their end. It also displays your hypocrisy as well, which you still probably don't see, and that is okay. Nobody ever accused you of being intelligent.
jihm.ramones
Your point, there is no evidence either way, so why talk about it then? You're just talking in circles, and apparently with nothing else better to do by to copy-cat. It's funny reading your comments.
And those 2 incidents you cite have nothing in common with the killing of the tourists in Manila. Go educate yourself and them come back and write something intelligent. I might read and respond then, but I'll likely be riding my high horse that you so generously gave me. LoL, You lose, and that's the last word read sucker.
ricardo.teehankee
Yawn. What, you're still replying, Jihmbo? You're a whiny child presuming to be the equal of adults. The moment I pointed out your hypocrisy, you changed tactics in an attempt to hide it, LOL.
It's getting a bit boring already, seeing as you haven't managed to rebut even one of my arguments. Your style of "argument" is to call your opponent names and then declare that you've won. I'm laughing my **** off here.
Contrary to your ignorant ranting, the parallels between the 2 incidents I mentioned and the bus hostage crisis are quite significant, and they are enumerated in this link:
****sassylawyer.com/2010/08/a-note-from-a-cousin-in-law-about-filipinos-violently-killed-in-beijing-five-years-ago/
It's pretty obvious that you don't know anything about the two incidents. Time to educate yourself by reading up on the writings of legal experts who are far more knowledgeable and intelligent than you will ever be. But I doubt you will. Ignorance is bliss after all.
You're an arrogant pillock whose ego is sadly not matched by your intelligence. I really feel sorry for you, kid.
ricardo.teehankee
I like the way someone on Facebook described Hong Kong's (or should we say China's) demands at this time - it's like kicking someone when he's down. Apparently, some people in China enjoy kicking people when they're down, don't they? Well, I hope you're happy now.
yow.yabut
They dont deserve the apology of the Filipino nation. We are a civilized nation, they should've accepted what was initially sent to them by the Manila envoy. We have a so called THe Filipino Pride dont step down, every dollars that our fellow contrymen earning abroad is all hard earned. We dont owe anyone, especially HK and CHina...Bunch of Crminals Drug Lords who brough Illegal drugs in the Philippines...
no.benta.5
It is alright if most of you HKs dont like us Filipinos and look down on us because we are a poor country and have a bad government which I honestly admit. It is a human nature for people who are economically superior to look down on poor people even in personal level. The pride and arrogance will always be there. Anyway, in my personal belief, I say that life and fortune is like a wheel, it goes up and down. So nobody knows if my country be economically better or far more worse in the future. So for looking down on us, thank you, you are making us stronger as a people despite all the adversaries and tragedies.
no.benta.5
Did our government asked for any apology for maids that were treated badly and abused? We did not because, we have to eat our pride for the sake of the worker's family.

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