Palace: Third party help to reach understanding with HK welcome

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

MANILA -- The Aquino administration is open to help from third parties in getting closer to an understanding with Hong Kong despite recent sanctions stemming from the hostage tragedy in Manila in 2010, a Palace official said Saturday.

But presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the actions by the third parties should be consistent with the position taken by the Philippine government and be consistent with national interest.

"Our intention has always been there. (If) it is a private initiative that will effect better relations with Hong Kong and (is) consistent with national interest, why not?" Lacierda said on state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

Earlier reports said a Filipino-Chinese doctor plans to appeal to Hong Kong chief executive C.Y. Leung to reconsider the decision of the Hong Kong government.

The Philippines had expressed regret over the tragedy that killed eight Hong Kong tourists, but remained firm in not issuing an apology.

Hong Kong revoked the visa-free privileges of holders of official Philippine passports after the Philippines refused to apologize for the 2010 tragedy.

In August 2010, eight Hong Kong tourists were killed in a botched rescue attempt by police for a busload of tourists taken hostage by a dismissed policeman seeking reinstatement. (SDR/Sunnex)

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