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Philippine panel to seek charges in HK hostage fiasco

Philippine panel to seek charges in HK hostage fiasco

Philippine investigators said yesterday they are to seek charges against up to 10 people, including police officers, over a hostage siege in which a lone gunman killed eight Hong Kong tourists.
A day before the report is submitted to President Benigno Aquino, the panel also concluded the hostage-taker had fired the bullets that killed all eight Hong Kong tourists, said Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, the head of the inquiry.
"We have (had) discussions on specific accountabilities of specific officers and (other) personalities... We expect the president to act on the basis of our recommendation," de Lima told reporters.
"Our main mandate is to find out what happened - so fact-finding as well as evaluation of actions and to make appropriate recommendations on the evaluation of the actions, non-action, missteps, lapses, negligence, incompetence...."
Armed with an assault rifle and a pistol, sacked Manila policeman Rolando Mendoza seized a tourist bus on Aug. 23 in a desperate bid to get his job back and be cleared of extortion charges.
The day-long central Manila standoff ended in a bloodbath that was played out live on global television when police stormed the bus after negotiations failed and Mendoza began shooting.
Eight hostages were killed, while seven others were wounded, triggering public outrage in Hong Kong, which demanded a thorough and impartial investigation.


Updated : 2021-10-18 03:59 GMT+08:00