Hong Kong Hostage Survivor Demands Apology from Philippines

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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A survivor of last year's bus hostage tragedy in the Philippines says victims are still waiting for an apology and compensation from Manila.

Lee Ying Chuen is the mother of a Hong Kong tour guide who was killed in the incident, which left eight Hong Kong tourists and their attacker dead after a botched rescue attempt. She is part of a Hong Kong delegation including a legislator and a lawyer that is in Manila for Tuesday's anniversary of the attack.

Lee told reporters Monday that the Philippine government had not done anything for the victims and their families. The woman, who was wounded in the attack, said the victims are still angry a year after the tragedy.

Philippine spokesman Edwin Lacierda says the government has apologized numerous times.

No one has been charged criminally for lapses in the police operation, and only one official has been fired.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino rejected an investigative panel's recommendation last year that criminal charges be filed against some officials.

It is not clear what prompted disgruntled former policeman Roberto Mendoza to open fire during the 12-hour hostage drama. A police sniper ended the rampage by shooting Mendoza in the head.