P-Noy refuses to apologize to Hong Kong leader for the 2010 Manila bus hostage crisis

He insists it’s just the fault of one person and not the entire nation.

ABS-CBN News correspondent Willard Cheng reports that President Benigno Aquino refused to issue an apology to Hong Kong chief executive CY Leung over the 2010 Manila hostage crisis when they met at the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum on Monday, October 7.


The report explained that although Aquino expressed his "deepest regret" and condolences to Leung over the incident, he declined to apologize for it because "it is contrary to Filipino culture to say sorry for what was the fault of another person, referring to the act of the hostage-taker for this particular incident." The president, however, agreed to the survivors' request for a dialogue with Philippine officials regarding the status of the cases filed.


Eight Hong Kong tourists died in the 2010 hostage-taking incident staged by disgruntled Filipino policeman Rolando Mendoza inside a bus at Luneta Park. Several Hong Kong journalists were banned from covering the APEC summit on Sunday, October 6, after they shouted their questions about the incident to Aquino as he was on his way to meeting foreign leaders.


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