This, even after former Philippine president and now Manila City Mayor Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada issued public apology, almost three years after the 10-hour hostage siege-drama involving Hong Kong nationals and four Filipinos inside a bus in Qurino Grandstand in Manila, which killed 8 tourists on August 23, 2010.
Hostage-taker (ex-police) Senior Inspector Rolando D. Mendoza, armed with an M-16 ArmaLite assault rifle, demanded to be re-instated into the force, of what he had called “unfair dismissal” from the Manila Police service. Police marksmen, who had taken positions earlier in the day, shot Mendoza in the head during the assault. The fateful incident happened during Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim ‘s term.
Kins of the 8 victims plan to sue the government if their demands are not met by Friday. The threat was made by Tse Chi-kin, the older brother of a tour guide killed in the bus hijacking drama.
“Our demands have stayed the same throughout the years, so we are giving (the Philippine government) one last week to meet them,” said Tse. “If not, we are prepared to take (it) to court.”
Tse demands for four things such as “an apology, compensation, punishment for the officials responsible and improved tourist safety“, reported South China Morning Post.
President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III, facing his first major crisis since taking office, declared August 25, 2010 as a day of national mourning, “in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong and the bereaved families of the slain.”
Catch National Geographic Channel Asia’s NGC Premieres Inside: The Manila Hostage Massacre featuring a documentary of the incident for the first time on Philippine cable on August 23, 2013, Friday at 8 PM, three years after.
Inside: The Manila Hostage Massacre premieres back-to-back with I Wouldn’t Go In There, this Friday at 9 PM.
National Geographic Channel‘s new documentary series, I Wouldn’t Go In There, is a show about the most horrifying places around Asia. The premiere will feature the abandoned Clark Air Base hospital – where numerous haunting have been reported, which was the actual location of the shoot for the Philippine episode of the show.
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