What? What's happened? Philippines president Benigno Aquino III has said there will be no criminal prosecution of officials who bungled the hostage crisis on August 23 that left eight Hongkongers dead. When? Aquino made the announcement on Monday. Who? Who was facing prosecution? Manila police chief Rodolfo Magtibay for gross incompetence and serious neglect of duty; Manila regional police director Leocadio Santiago Jnr for less grave neglect of duty; chief negotiator Superintendent Orlando Yebra for neglect of duty; and Manila Swat team leader Santiago Pascual for gross incompetence. Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez. Department of Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Rico Puno, recently retired National Police Chief Jesus Verzosa and Manila Vice-Mayor Francisco Domagoso were also in trouble. Deputy Ombudsman Emilio Gonzales will face criminal investigation - he was accused by hostage-taker Rolando Mendoza of demanding a 150,000-peso (HK$26,700) bribe for favourable treatment. Where? Where did it happen? In Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Why? Why did Aquino decide not to punish them? He said they had not broken the law and so could not face criminal charges. How? How did survivors react? Hostage survivor Li Yick-biu said Manila mayor Alfredo Lim, who left the scene to have a meal, should shoulder the greatest responsibility, but in the end he just received administrative punishment. 'It definitely shows that government officials are defending one another and how chaotic the Philippines' political system is,' he said. 'As a government, you can say whoever is guilty. But whether it is convincing is another case.'