The Philippine government yesterday accused Democratic Party lawmaker James To Kun-sun of political opportunism and rejected a request by families of victims of the Manila bus shooting to meet President Benigno Aquino. Speaking ahead of the first anniversary of the hostage crisis, presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda called To - who has been representing the families - 'an oppositionist'. 'I understand there is a coming election in Hong Kong,' he said. 'And the politician who is accompanying them is an oppositionist. 'There is some political colour. We don't want to get involved in Hong Kong politics.' The remark was made after survivors and victims' relatives wrote to the Philippine consul general in Hong Kong, Claro Cristobal, to request a formal meeting with Aquino. Sacked policeman Rolando Mendoza killed seven Hong Kong tourists and their guide on a hijacked bus before being shot dead in a bungled rescue in Rizal Park on August 23 last year. The families will fly to Manila to mark the anniversary next week. Commenting during a formal press briefing at the president's Malacanang Palace, Lacierda said Manila had taken concrete action to address the tragedy in Rizal Park. The actions included punishing the officials responsible and making sure tourists were safe and protected. He said these were more important than any symbolic actions. So far only one official, deputy ombudsman Emilio Gonzalez, has been sacked over the shootings. 'We have already expressed our regrets. We have already apologised so many times. How often does one have to apologise?' Lacierda said. Last night, To said he was disappointed with the Philippine government and accused Manila of trying to shift the focus away from the tragedy and playing down its responsibilities. 'The eyes of Hong Kong people see very clearly,' To said. 'They can see who is right and who is wrong. I am determined to continue fighting for justice with the victims' relatives and all the Hong Kong people.' Tse Chi-kin, brother of murdered tour guide Masa Tse Ting-chunn, called the spokesman shameless and his remarks ridiculous. 'He [Lacierda] is putting the value of human lives at an extremely low level, especially the lives of Hong Kong people,' he said. He said he had not received an apology directly from Philippine officials and had not see any concrete action by the Philippine government. To said he had handed the families' letter to visiting Vice-Premier Li Keqiang.