Tue, October 12, 2010
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HK gov't says disappointed at Philippine follow-up actions on hostage tragedy

2010-10-12 15:16:23 GMT2010-10-12 23:16:23 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

HONG KONG, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- The people of Hong Kong, especially the survivors and the victims' families, would find hard to accept, and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government was disappointed at, the report by the Philippine government on the deadly hostage crisis in Malina on Aug. 23, the city's government said in a statement on Tuesday.

"The Philippine government decided to lessen the recommended actions against the relevant officers named in the first report by the Incident Investigation and Review Committee. The people of Hong Kong, especially the survivors and the victims' families, will find this hard to accept. The Hong Kong SAR government is also disappointed," said a Hong Kong government spokesman.

The city's government announced its stance after reviewing the report of the Incident Investigation and Review Committee of the Philippines on the hostage-taking incident, said the statement.

Hong Kong people expect the Philippine government to handle the question of responsibility of the officials and persons involved in a fair manner, and follow through the required actions seriously, he said.

The eventual actions to be taken against the persons involved must live up to their pledge to be accountable to the public, and that is also what is owed to the dead and the injured, said the spokesman.

On Aug. 23, Philippine ex-policeman, Rolando Mendoza, hijacked a bus carrying 21 Hong Kong tourists and four Filipinos in Manila, in a bid to be reinstated in the country's police force.

Eight Hong Kong tourists were killed and seven others were injured after an 11-hour standoff.

The spokesman said the Philippine government has yet to complete the investigation into the causes of death of the eight victims and causes of injury of others, and the Hong Kong government hoped the Philippines would make public their findings as soon as possible.

"As far as we understand, the Review Committee of the Philippines will in due course submit a second report on the review of the mechanism and procedures of handling similar incidents. We hope the report will come up with concrete improvement measures to avoid recurrence of such tragedies," he said.

"We will convey our views to the Philippine government through proper channels," said the spokesman.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong police is working at full steam in the investigation as required by the Hong Kong Coroner's Court to submit the final report to the Court for consideration as soon as possible.

Upon receipt of the relevant information, the Coroner will decide whether to hold a hearing, and "we are confident that the Coroner's Court will arrive at a fair and professional judgment," he added.

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