The city's security chief said he would address the question of whether to scrap visa-free entry for Filipinos after Wednesday's Legislative Council debate on the Manila hostage tragedy. Lawmakers will vote on a non-binding motion urging the government to scrap visa-free access in an attempt to turn up the pressure on the Philippine authorities to compensate victims of the 2010 incident, in which eight Hongkongers were killed and seven injured. Despite "a bit of misunderstanding", the past few weeks had seen progress being made in talks with Manila city government representative Bernardito Ang, said Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok. When asked about a possible visit to the city by Manila mayor Joseph Estrada, he said it was up to the mayor whether he to come. "The trip that the mayor has been talking about is not our main consideration. Our main consideration is how we can reach results acceptable to the hostage victims," he said yesterday. The victims and their families are demanding an apology, compensation, punishment for the officials responsible and improved tourist safety. Meanwhile, when asked about the sanctions under discussion in Hong Kong, the Philippine Vice-President Jejomar Binay said: "Matters like this must not get to that extent. That will affect the relationship between the Philippines and China." Talking to TVB, he added: "Our president cannot make an apology for the whole nation." Lawmaker Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, a former security chief, will add the call to halt visa-free access as an amendment to radical pan-democrat Albert Chan Wai-yip's motion seeking sanctions. The amendment is supported by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong and the Federation of Trade Unions. Pan-democrats are also expected to give their support. Lai said he would make an overall response after listening to lawmakers' opinions. He added that all parties in the negotiations had agreed not to reveal details so as not to put pressure on victims and their families. It follows accusations from the families that Ang had breached a confidentiality agreement after he revealed details of the deal Manila planned to offer. Ang then said he suspected that the victims' camp had leaked information to the media.