Families of Hong Kong hostage victims in Philippines: 'justice done'
Central News Agency
2014-04-23 11:00 PM
Hong Kong, April 23 (CNA) Family members of Hong Kong tourists killed in the cross-fire when a 2010 hostage situation in the Philippines went sour said Wednesday that justice has been done now that Hong Kong and the Philippines have reached a settlement agreement. The payment offered by Manila has not been publicly disclosed, but media reports suggest the total compensation package for the botched rescue mission was around HK$20 million (US$2.6 million). It was accompanied by a statement of "regret" from the Philippine government. Tse Chi-kin, whose tour guide brother Tse Ting-chunn was killed after his bus was hijacked by a disgruntled former police officer, said that the victims' families have finally achieved justice for those who died and were injured in the tragedy. He expressed hope that everyone can move on and live a full life. Yik Siu-ling, who was shot in the face and underwent successful reconstruction surgery in Taiwan only this past December, said she was happy with the outcome. Yik was one of several injured in the aftermath of former Philippine police officer Rolando del Rosario Mendoza's hijacking of the bus full of Hong Kong tourists, starting a tense stand-off that ended when Philippine police opened fire. Eight hostages and Mendoza lost their lives, and Yik was left with a fractured lower jaw bone after being hit by a bullet. The victims' families demanded a formal apology from the Philippine government, punishment for those responsible for the mishandling of the crisis and a commitment to enhance tourist safety. Wednesday's statement from the Philippines, which expressed "most sorrowful regret" but did not include the word apology. Tse said that although the wording is not the best apology, he accepts it with reluctance. (By Stanley Cheung and Lilian Wu)
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