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  • Dec 29, 2014
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Manila hostage crisis

Seven Hong Kong tourists and one tour guide were killed and 13 people were injured when a disgruntled former police officer opened fire on a bus full of Hong Kong tourists after hijacking it in Manila on August 23, 2010. Dissatisfied with the Philippine government's handling of the crisis and the ensuing investigation, Hong Kong issued a black travel alert against the Philippines and later introduced other sanctions. The two governments and victims' families reached an agreement on April 23, 2014 in which survivors and victims' families accepted an undisclosed amount of compensation from Manila and the Hong Kong government agreed to lift sanctions. 

Philippine decision to ban Hong Kong journalists an affront to press freedom

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III. Photo: Reuters

Outrage and criticism were to be expected after the Philippines apparently imposed an entry ban on nine Hong Kong journalists who door-stepped President Benigno Aquino last year over the Manila hostage tragedy in 2010.

Tuesday, 25 November, 2014, 9:15am 4 comments

Philippines banning Hong Kong journalists is petty and vindictive

Reporters fired questions at President Benigno Aquino about the Manila bus tragedy without prior permission last year.

The Philippines has tried hard to end its diplomatic row with Hong Kong after the 2010 hostage killings in Manila.

22 Nov 2014 - 6:22am 19 comments

Surviving Manila bus hostage still weighing hospital lawsuit over surgery

Philippine police commandos crouch with their weapons as they assault a tourist bus that was taken over by a former police officer in Manila. Photo: Reuters

Hospital chiefs may still face legal action over the treatment of Manila bus hostage survivor Yik Siu-ling, four years after a botched rescue in the Philippine capital left eight Hongkongers dead and seven injured.

24 Aug 2014 - 2:36pm 4 comments

Turmoil with HK quiets down as Filipinos mark Manila bus tragedy's anniversary

Filipino police officers light candles during the commemoration ceremony in Quirino grandstand, Manila. A disgruntled former cop had hijacked a bus full of Hong Kong tourists in 2010.  Photo: EPA

Crowds gathered in Manila this afternoon to mark the fourth anniversary of the bus hostage tragedy which claimed the lives of eight Hong Kong tourists, laying flowers and lighting candles.

24 Aug 2014 - 3:56am 4 comments

Manila deal can inform the debate on political reform

Survivor Lee Ying-chuen, deceased tour guide Masa Tse Ting-chunn's brother Tse Chi-hang, lawmaker James To Kun-sun, Tse's older brother Tse Chi-kin and survivor Yik Siu-ling with the resolutions from Manila city council and the letter from the police chief. Photo: Felix Wong

It is encouraging to see a deal made between the Philippine government and the victims' families to end a 32-month stand-off over the Manila hostage tragedy, which claimed the lives of eight Hongkongers in 2010.

9 May 2014 - 3:36am

Tsang blamed for delay in Manila hostage crisis settlement

Tse Chi-hang, the brother of Masa Tse Ting-chunn who died in the tragedy, said Philippine officials said "sorry" and "apology" behind closed doors. Photo: Sam Tsang

Tse Chi-hang blamed a lack of "engagement" by the administration of former chief executive Donald Tsang for the prolonged delay in Hong Kong reaching a diplomatic resolution with the Philippines.

26 Apr 2014 - 8:13am 9 comments

No winners as Manila bus hostage row finally ends

Philippine President Benigno Aquino has steadfastly refused to offer an apology. Photo: AP

Hong Kong can finally normalise relations with the Philippines. It never made much sense to ensnare our entire community and government over the Manila bus hostage crisis. But that we did.

25 Apr 2014 - 3:58am 9 comments

After an apology of sorts from Manila, it's time to move on

After an apology of sorts from Manila, it's time to move on

Time heals all wounds, goes the old saying. But for those who lost loved ones in the Manila tour bus hostage tragedy in 2010, it takes more to bring the case to an end.

25 Apr 2014 - 3:00am

Hong Kong, Philippines resolve bus hostage crisis as families accept payout

Survivor Lee Ying-chuen, deceased tour guide Masa Tse Ting-chunn's brother Tse Chi-hang, lawmaker James To Kun-sun, Tse's older brother Tse Chi-kin and survivor Yik Siu-ling with the resolutions from Manila city council and the letter from the police chief. Photo: Felix Wong

More than three years of strained ties over the 2010 Manila bus hostage crisis ended yesterday, as the Philippines expressed its "most sorrowful regret and profound sympathy" over the tragedy.

24 Apr 2014 - 4:35pm 53 comments

Aquino has ‘no plans’ to apologise over Manila bus tragedy despite sanctions

Aquino gave his first public response to the sanctions which take effect on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Philippine President Benigno Aquino says he has no plans to apologise to Hong Kong over the Manila bus hostage incident, as Hong Kong’s diplomatic sanctions against Manila take effect on Wednesday.

The Philippine leader gave his first public response to the sanctions in an interview with The New York Times.

5 Feb 2014 - 5:26pm 3 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

C.Y. Leung hints that a deal over Manila hostage tragedy could be close

Legislator James To Kun-sun talks to media at the Central Government Offices in Tamar. Photo: Nora Tam

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying hinted yesterday that a deal to secure an apology and compensation from the Philippines for the victims of the 2010 Manila hostage tragedy could be near.

5 Dec 2013 - 3:45am

The madness of the anti-Manila brigade

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III

Following Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's meeting with Philippine President Benigno Aquino in Indonesia earlier this month, the hyperbolic denunciations heaped on the government are a looking-glass through which Hong Kong people can see their self-centredness and detachment from reality.

27 Oct 2013 - 9:12am 12 comments

Racial taunting must not be tolerated

Survivors of the hostage shootings and relatives of the victims offer prayers during a Buddhist ceremony at the scene of the tragedy in Manila. Photo: Felix Wong

When a bus full of Hong Kong tourists was taken hostage and eight of them were killed in Manila three years ago, the local community was shocked. Watching the tragedy unfold on the television screen was traumatic, and left us feeling outraged yet helpless.

10 Jun 2013 - 3:35am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, May 26, 2013

Donald Tsang tried to phone Benigno Aquino. Photo: Xinhua

Has our society lost all its marbles or collective brainpower to spend taxpayers' money on something so trivial? I suppose most readers would be troubled by the front-page news ("Taxi driver cleared in 50-cent court case", May 17).

26 May 2013 - 4:35am 4 comments

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