Palace mulls compensation for hostage kin

September 4, 2010 10:49 am 

MANILA, Sept. 3 – Malacañang is studying the possibility of giving compensation to the families of the eight tourists killed in the tragic August 23 hostage incident following reports that the Hong Kong legislative council is demanding public apology and compensation from the Philippine Government.

In a radio interview, Secretary Herminio Coloma of the Presidential Communications Operation Office pointed out that giving assistance to the bereaved families has been mentioned by President Benigno S. Aquino III in a press conference earlier.

Hong Kong lawmakers have reportedly passed a motion demanding “public apology and compensation to the deceased and injured" during the hostage crisis at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila.

Coloma maintained that the primary concern of the government is to get to the bottom of the bloody incident through the ongoing probe headed by Justice Secretary Laila de Lima.

He stressed that the important thing is that the government has offered its sympathy and condolences to the people and government of Hong Kong. (PNA)

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