Pres. Aquino sending high level delegation to China

August 26, 2010 11:23 am 

MANILA, Aug. 25 — President Benigno S. Aquino III has designated a high-level delegation to the People’s Republic of China to officially explain what transpired during Monday’s hostage-taking incident which resulted in the death of eight Hong Kong nationals.

The delegation is composed of Vice President Jejomar Binay, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda and Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo.

In a press briefing Wednesday in Malacanang, the President said the delegation is making the necessary arrangements with the Chinese embassy and will proceed to Beijing to officially present a report to President Hu Jintao.

The delegation, according to the President, will then proceed to Hong Kong to have a dialogue with the Chief Executive of the Special Administrative Region, Donald Tsang.

In a phone conversation with Tsang Tuesday, the President explained the chronology of events that transpired during the bloody incident.

The President said he understands the anger of the people of Hong Kong because of the incident and asked for their understanding.

He assured that the government is already correcting the deficiencies in the implementation of operating procedures during a crisis situation.

“None of us wanted this outcome and we’d like to emphasize the fact that the primary consideration was to secure all of the hostages,” the President said. (PNA)

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