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MANILA HOSTAGE ROW

Families of Manila hostage victims hail sanctions vote

PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 November, 2013, 4:07am
UPDATED : Friday, 08 November, 2013, 10:00am
 

Poll

  • Yes: 26%
  • No: 74%
8 Nov 2013
  • Yes
  • No
Total number of votes recorded: 683

Families of the victims of the 2010 Manila hostage killings welcomed a vote by lawmakers in favour of a motion pressing the government to impose sanctions on Manila and cancel visa-free access for Filipinos.

Lawmakers voted to pass a non-binding motion by People Power's Albert Chan Wai-yip calling on the government to impose sanctions. No breakdown of the vote was given.

They also voted by 41 to three, with seven abstentions, in favour of former security chief Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee's amendment calling for visa-free access to be scrapped.

A further amendment by Chan's party colleague, Raymond Chan Chi-chuen, calling for restrictions on Filipino maids was withdrawn after Ip's was passed.

The votes chime with a warning by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying this week that he would impose sanctions if Manila failed to meet the demands of the families of the eight Hongkongers killed by gunman Rolando Mendoza and the seven people injured in the bus siege and botched rescue attempt.

Watch: Manila bus hostage-taking incident

Survivors and families want an apology, compensation and punishment for officials involved in the affair.

"The government now has a basis to change from being passive to taking the initiative to act," said Tse Chi-kin, brother of tour guide Masa Tse Ting-chunn, one of those killed.

Tse said he would accept only an apology from the Philippine government, not the Manila city government, which has made overtures to the families since flamboyant former president Joseph Estrada was elected mayor earlier this year.

Addressing the Legislative Council yesterday, Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok cited a public opinion poll that found 65 per cent of Hongkongers supported sanctions.

"I believe the whole Hong Kong public are united and … share one common goal - that is, that all [the families'] demands are satisfactorily met," Lai said.

After the vote, Lai said Ip's amendment would "bring inconvenience" to people from both places.

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Mikko0121
You know it's not right to remove the free visa to us Filipinos.. it's an issue between 2 government why should you involve innocent people about this matter? try to think about this hong kong people..
we Filipinos felt Sorry about the incident as well and no one wanted that to happen.. i think that our government will meet the compensation but the problem is they want the Philippine Government to apologize for something our nation didn't do.. example if a Filipino helper was abused or beaten by the employer or a hong kong citizen.. will Hong Kong make a Formal apology??? of course not! cause it was made by a single hong kong citizen not everyone..same as to what have happened. Philippines didn't kill the Hong kong tourists that have died, but a single Filipino who is not in his right mind.. :( sad.. i hope hong kong would think about it..
caractacus
This is rapidly turning into a wave of racist hysteria exacting vengeance against a whole nation instead of justice. Shame on Albert Chan and shame on the Legco members who voted for it.
chanaa
Naive & immature from HK govt. this will invite **** for tat strategy, which in the end benefits NO ONE but the politicians..
HK suffers from a ' small **** ' syndrome, and feels the need to take it out on the smaller child in the park.
Stephan
Look at the picture of Albert Chan, how can you take this guy serious? Is this how HK presents itself? Shame!
caractacus
Is this what we can expect if HK achieves democracy, racist dictatorship of the masses?
Dave196358
Opinion poll 65% ...what a joke I would like to see one that was not manufactured....just look at the SCMP Poll this morning...hmm slight difference...As usual its always about the money.....It is very sad when society places a dollar value on the lives of people......I would love to see Hong Kong try and survive without the Filipino work force...productivity would stop massive number of sick days........If Hong Kong imposes sanctions I would suggest the Philippines would do the same so the HK politicians better think very carefully before they make any rash decisions......Has the government demanded an apology from the King of Thailand over the drowning of its citizen in Pattaya? if not why not? its the same situation....hmmm
del.balbadagonzales10
I Think this is a drastic move to cancel visa free access for Filipinos coming to Hongkong.They are giving us a hard time just because of the wrong doing of one individual.It is not only our loss,but yours as well.
carmeledwin
No, this is not just one individual, but many. Look back at the news of that day, and you see that it was the fault of the ex-mayor, Puno, the Philippine National Police, the media. Please also remember that Aquino was grinning when he inspected the carnage/scene where so many people died or became disabled for life.
chaz_hen
HK gov't can make decisions on foreign policy? Interesting...
whoaman
So sad.... such a bunch of uninformed people we have here in the SAR...

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