No apology to Hong Kong – Aquino

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President Benigno Aquino III reiterated his stand against apologizing to Hong Kong over a 2010 hostage crisis in Manila that led to the death of 8 Hong Kong tourists. In his first public response to Hong Kong’s “first phase of sanctions” against the Philippines, Aquino told the New York Times February 5 that an apology could create a legal liability, adding China has not paid compensation to the families of Filipino victims who died in the mainland. The article was released on the same day Hong Kong’s sanction on visa-free entry for Philippine government officials and diplomats took place.The Philippines’ foreign affairs department issued a separate statement saying Manila has done “everything possible” to resolve the issue.

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