【英语中国】马尼拉市长在香港就人质事件道歉 Philippine Mayor in Hong Kong to Apologize Over Hostage Taking

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2014-4-23 11:05

小艾摘要: Former Philippine president Joseph Estrada, now Manila's mayor, traveled to Hong Kong Tuesday to try to end a dispute stemming from the Manila hostage crisis in 2010 that claimed the lives of eight Ho ...
Philippine Mayor in Hong Kong to Apologize Over Hostage Taking
Former Philippine president Joseph Estrada, now Manila's mayor, traveled to Hong Kong Tuesday to try to end a dispute stemming from the Manila hostage crisis in 2010 that claimed the lives of eight Hong Kongers.

Mr. Estrada said he is offering an apology from the Manila government.

'I have to do something for our countrymen working in Hong Kong,' said Mr. Estrada, who didn't specify how much money is being offered to the families of Hong Kongers who died.

President Benigno Aquino III has rebuffed requests by Hong Kong officials for an apology from him as the country's leader.

Hong Kong has demanded an apology over the handling of the hostage crisis and has imposed sanctions on the Philippines, including requiring that traveling government officials secure a visa. It has also imposed a 'black' travel advisory on the Philippines, designating the country as dangerous.

President Aquino, however, has said the deaths resulted from the act of dismissed police officer, who held hostage a bus full of tourists from Hong Kong.

The resulting botched rescue left nine people dead, including the hostage taker.

The Hong Kong government couldn't be reached for comment on Mr. Estrada's trip and apology. Tens of thousands of Filipinos work in Hong Kong.

'We certainly hope it will contribute to the national government's efforts to achieve closure and a mutually satisfactory conclusion,' Edwin Lacierda, a spokesman for President Aquino, told reporters.

Before his flight on Tuesday morning, Mr. Estrada told local cable television station ANC that he will apologize to Hong Kong on behalf of his constituents in Manila and bring a check for the victims of the 2010 hostage crisis. The incident happened during the tenure of Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, an ally of Mr. Aquino, whom Mr. Estrada beat handily during the race for mayor last May.

Presidential spokesman Lacierda said he isn't privy to whether there are any fresh developments on whether his government is now willing to apologize to Hong Kong.

Cris Larano

European Pressphoto Agency马尼拉市市长埃斯特拉达离开香港机场。
前菲律宾总统、现任马尼拉市市长埃斯特拉达(Joseph Estrada)周二访问香港,试图结束2010年马尼拉人质事件引发的两地争端。在该事件中,共有八名香港人死亡。

埃斯特拉达说,他代表马尼拉市政府就人质事件道歉。

他说:“我必须为香港工作的菲律宾同胞做些什么。”他没有透露向遇难者家属提供多少赔偿。

香港官员要求菲律宾总统阿基诺三世(Benigno Aquino III)以菲律宾最高领导人的身份就人质事件道歉,但遭到阿基诺三世拒绝。

香港坚持要求菲律宾政府为人质事件处理不力道歉,并且启动了制裁行动,包括取消菲外交和公务护照持有人的免签证安排,以及向菲律宾发出“黑色”旅游警示、将其列为危险旅游地等。

但阿基诺三世称,人质死亡的责任要算到劫匪头上。劫匪是一名被开除的菲律宾警官,他在马尼拉市中心劫持了一辆满载香港游客的大巴。

菲律宾警方实施的解救行动共造成九人死亡,包括劫匪。

记者未能联系到香港政府就埃斯特拉达访港道歉一事置评。目前,有上万菲律宾人在香港工作。

阿基诺三世的发言人陈显达(Edwin Lacierda)向记者表示:“我们当然希望这能有助于政府结束人质事件影响,达到一个双方都满意的结果。”

周二早上飞赴香港之前,埃斯特拉达向菲有线电视台ANC表示,他将代表马尼拉选民向香港致歉,并向人质事件中遇难者的家属进行赔偿。2010年事件发生时,马尼拉的市长是林雯洛(Alfredo Lim),他与阿基诺三世关系密切,在去年5月的马尼拉市长竞选中被埃斯特拉达轻松击败。

阿基诺三世的发言人陈显达说,他不清楚在菲律宾政府是否愿意向香港道歉的问题上是否有任何新进展。

Cris Larano

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