Palace respects Estrada's move to apologize to HK on hostage crisis-A A +A
Sunday, October 27, 2013
MALACAÑANG said Sunday it respects the decision of Manila City Mayor Joseph Estrada to apologize to Hong Kong for the hostage crisis in August 2010 in Quirino Grandstand resulting to the death of eight tourists.
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that Estrada's move is an independent initiative and the national government would not meddle into it.
"Independyenteng inisyatiba po nila ‘yan at wala pong dahilan para manghimasok pa diyan ang ating pambansang pamahalaan," he said in an interview over dzRB Radyo Ng Bayan.
But personally, Coloma said he saw the objective of Estrada, which is "to promote goodwill between the City of Manila and the state of Hong Kong."
Estrada's move of asking apology was contrary to the position of the national government.
President Benigno Aquino III, who spoke with Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chunying at the sidelines of the recently concluded Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bali, Indonesia, refused to issue an apology on behalf of the Philippine government.
He explained that it was only one person, a former police officer, who committed the wrongdoing and not the entire Filipino nation.
Hong Kong has been demanding for a public apology from the Philippine government regarding the tragic incident. (SDR/Sunnex)