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Manila bus tragedy

Hong Kong cancels visa-free privileges for Philippine officials and diplomats

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (inset) announces the imposition of visa restrictions placed on diplomatic officials visiting Hong Kong from the Philippines. Photo: Dickson Lee

Hong Kong will cancel visa-free arrangements for Philippine official and diplomatic passport holders in its first sanctions against a foreign state.

Thursday, 30 January, 2014, 10:50am 72 comments

Manila bus survivor Yik Siu-ling recovering in Taiwan after operation

X-rays and photographs of Yik Siu-ling before her treatment.

Yik Siu-ling, who was shot in the face during the Manila bus hostage siege in 2010, will return to the city on January 10 after a successful operation in Taiwan to rebuild her shattered lower jaw.

"Thanks to the successful operation by Dr Wei Fu-chan, I have great confidence that I'll be able to lead a normal life again," Yik said by telephone yesterday.

27 Dec 2013 - 1:53pm 1 comment

Manila agrees to payout for Manila bus siege victim Yik Siu-ling

Manila bus hijacking survivor Yik Siu-ling. Photo: May Tse

Three years after the Manila hostage bloodbath, the Philippines has paid compensation to a victim. It gave an undisclosed amount to Yik Siu-ling, who will have surgery costing HK$1 million in Taiwan next month.

20 Nov 2013 - 9:51am 19 comments

Deadline for bus hostage sanctions against Manila stays, despite typhoon

Firemen carrying the body of a victim in Tacloban. Photo: AP

Hong Kong has "no plan" to delay possible economic sanctions against the Philippines over the Manila bus hostage crisis, despite the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan.

14 Nov 2013 - 4:39pm 73 comments

Calls to 'punish Manila' smack of revenge, not justice

Leung meets Aquino at the Apec summit in Bali. Photo: SCMP Pictures

While it is heartening to see the rest of the world responding positively to the latest natural disaster to affect the people of the Philippines, here in Hong Kong, key pan-democratic politicians as well as the administration itself have reached for new moral lows.

12 Nov 2013 - 9:10pm 17 comments

Shame on politicians using Manila tragedy for their own ends

Leung meets Aquino at the Apec summit in Bali. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The Hong Kong government and some of its more unlikely allies are threatening to turn the Manila bus killing tragedy into a farce. Three years after Hong Kong residents were killed and injured during a bungled hostage rescue, officials are working on a plan to penalise all the people who were not involved in this tragic event.

8 Nov 2013 - 7:05pm 22 comments

Lawmaker suggests sanctions if Manila bus tragedy talks drag on

Lawmaker James To Kun-sun represents the families of victims and survivors of the Manila bus tragedy in talks with Manila officials. Photo: Nora Tam

A Hong Kong lawmaker representing the families of victims and survivors of the Manila bus tragedy on Friday suggested introducing sanctions against the Philippines if no significant progress was made in talks within a reasonable time.

1 Nov 2013 - 3:48pm 9 comments

Compensation for Hong Kong's loss in Manila bus tragedy bound to come

Manila bus hijacking survivor Yik Siu-ling and legislator James To Kun-sun (left) speak to the media. Photo: May Tse

Three years after the Manila hostage tragedy, the issue resurfaced when Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying met Philippine President Benigno Aquino at the Apec Summit in Bali. Survivors of the crisis and relatives of the deceased have demanded compensation and an apology from Aquino.

25 Oct 2013 - 4:37pm 1 comment

Aquino should apologise for Manila bus tragedy, say victims’ families

Manila bus hijacking survivor Yik Siu-ling (right) is accompanied by legislator James To Kun-sun after a meeting with Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok at central government offices. Photo: May Tse

Even if the Manila government is willing to apologise over the hostage incident that left eight Hong Kong people dead, families of those killed said Philippine President Benigno Aquino should say sorry too.

23 Oct 2013 - 9:05pm 3 comments

People's Daily slams 'cold-blooded' Philippine government

The People's Daily joined the Hong Kong media's attacks on the Philippine government's refusal to apologise for the 2010 Manila hostage crisis. Photo: SCMP

The "reporter's observation" was published as Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying told the media that official discussions with the Philippines would start soon and the victims' families would be briefed on the progress later.

16 Oct 2013 - 4:37am

CY Leung denies Hong Kong and Philippines have put bus tragedy behind them

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying speaks to the media on Friday after meeting with the families of victims of the Manila bus tragedy. Photo: Sam Tsang

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on Friday refuted a Philippine government statement that Hong Kong and the Philippines had put the bus tragedy row behind them, saying his words at a meeting he had with Philippine President Benigno Aquino had been “taken out of context”.

11 Oct 2013 - 11:10pm 30 comments

Hostage victims can’t sue Manila, judge decrees

Lee Mei-chun, mother of tour guide Masa Tse who was killed in Manila's bus hostage tragedy observes a moment of silence with survivor Yik Siu-ling (left) outside the Philippine Consulate in Admiralty on Monday, the third anniversary of the deadly event.  Photo: Reuters

A High Court judge yesterday struck out a claim filed by victims of the Manila hostage tragedy against the Philippine government on the grounds that a sovereign state is immune from being sued in Hong Kong. But the two survivors and the mother of the tour guide killed in the bungled rescue three years ago could continue their legal battle against eight Philippine officials, said Mr Justice Mohan Bharwaney of the Court of First Instance.

30 Aug 2013 - 7:51am

Families sue Philippines over bungled bus hostage rescue

Lawyers for the survivors and families of the victims of the Manila bus tragedy – James To Kun-sun (left) and John Clancey – arrive at the High Court in Admiralty on Thursday to file a writ against the Philippine government. Photo: Felix Wong

Survivors and the mother of a tour guide killed in the attempted rescue of hostages on a tour bus in Manila three years ago filed a lawsuit yesterday against the Philippine government and eight officials, claiming millions of dollars in compensation.

23 Aug 2013 - 8:35am 7 comments

Estrada apology too late, say Manila bus siege survivors

Estrada apology too late, say Manila bus siege survivors

Survivors of the Manila bus tragedy have rejected an apology from the new mayor of the city for the shootings that left eight Hongkongers dead and vowed to press ahead with legal action.

21 Aug 2013 - 12:32pm 12 comments