Manila hostage crisis

On August 23, 2010, seven Hong Kong tourists and their tour guide were killed in Manila and 13 others injured when a disgruntled former police officer opened fire on a tourist bus after hijacking it. Upset with the Philippine government's handling of the crisis and its ensuing investigation, Hong Kong issued a black travel alert against the island nation. The two governments and victims' families reached an agreement in 2014 in which the survivors and victims' families accepted an undisclosed amount of compensation from Manila.

Duterte addresses the crowd at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal. Photo: AFP

Duterte’s apology is long overdue

No one expected the Manila tour bus hostage incident in 2010 would be raised again during Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Hong Kong. But the Philippines president surprised everyone with a formal apology over the horrific saga, in which eight Hongkongers were killed in a botched rescue.