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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
Did our government pocket billions into their own pockets? Did our government make sure we are adequately prepared for this year's natural disasters? Will our government set aside the proper budget to deal with 2014,15,16's upcoming natural disasters? Don't come here citing what the government hasn't done. The question we should all be asking is WHAT HAS OUR PH GOVERNMENT DONE FOR US THAT BETTERS ALL OUR LIVES LATELY?
Think about it.
ricardo.teehankee
...You really aren't the sharpest tool in the shed, are you Jihmbo?
no.benta.5
You didn't get the sarcasm.
rocky.art.58
The Hongkong politicians seemed to be ungrateful to the Filipinos. For them it is easy to diminished the Filipinos and yet we served them in almost of their households. The bus tragedy was a tragedy. The Philippine government did not desired what happened. At this time of national tragedy of the Philippines, both 7.2 earthquake and the Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) where thousands perished and almost a million families displaced, we could have received sympathy from the Hongkong government. Majority of the government of the world offered help and support. BUT IT IS UNTHINKABLE TO COME FROM A HIGHLY DEVELOPED COUNTRY like Hongkong to be so cruel to the Philippines at this time.- Pastor Art Tangal, The Harvest Community Church
jihm.ramones
Yeah, the employers should be grateful for their employees more-so than the employees should be grateful to their employers. Yup, this is backwards Filipino "People Power" to the exact definition. Oh and whatever the issue between us is, I need money because we are incompetent. Please give me money boss. Oh, and I'm too proud to apologize, but not proud enough to not take your money. Sometimes my low-life loud-speaking Filipino brothers and sisters make me sick to my stomach.
ricardo.teehankee
So basically, Jihmbo, you have a massive superiority complex and like to imagine that you are superior to all other Filipinos by constantly expressing your rabid hatred of all things Filipino. That's all you are.
michael.michael.1447342
You bunch of idiots forget the reason why the hostage crisis turned into a bungle massacred was because of the PH government right? From the Police Chief and Mayor going to eat and leaving no one in charge, from not taking out the hostage taker even though multiple times he had let his guard down to one of the negotiator standing right next to him and not doing anything? How about sending in a make-shift, half retarded, group of wannabe cops when a elite hostage rescue unit was nearby ready to be used? How about letting the brother of the hostage take coming in to ignite the situation even worst? How about the promise of bringing those responsible for the bungle rescue to justice but then not following up on those promises?
Those of you don't understand, there is NO WAY the Philippine government could reabsorb these 250,000 back home in the Philippine and give them a job with wages from what they make in Hong Kong. All these 250,000 would add to the jobless number. And to say the PH tourist would snub Hong Kong. OH PLEASE! Anyone with a brain would know Hong Kong could easily replace any of these cheap tourist from the Philippines. You guys forget that Hong Kong is not a third world country and is a prosperous nation even before any the OFW maids came.
ricardo.teehankee
You do realize that what you're doing essentially amounts to punishing an entire country for the actions of one man?
Maybe one of these days people like you will stop power-tripping and come to your senses.
And since you even have the nerve to mention Filipino OFWs in Hong Kong, let me just quote from the article for you:
"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?"
As the Bible says, remove the log from your own eye before you try to remove a speck of dust from someone else's eye.
jihm.ramones
@RickRoll: Let's clean up our system before we start quoting the bible brother. Don't cower behind God when there is so much to correct within ourselves. The fact that we can't even help our own countrymen before and after Yolanda speaks volumes. Aircraft carrier? ASEAN power? Foreign investment destination? LoL...come invest your dollars...we'll convert them to pork in our pockets or dead bodies in boxes. We're awesome and we're not going to apologize! Oh by the way, you should give us rescue money. ROFL, only Filipinos would pull such a 2-faced flipflop.
ricardo.teehankee
Jihmbo, your ravings are getting more and more incoherent. You should really stay off the Internet until you've finished grade school at least.
I merely pointed out the obvious hypocrisy of the HK government demanding an apology from us while not offering any apology for Filipinos who die in HK. And then you come out with a meandering, pointless rant involving aircraft carriers, ASEAN power, and foreign investment? Where did you pull all that nonsense from, Jihmbo? That fantasy world that you live in?

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