President Benigno Aquino III on Monday met with Hong Kong Chief Executive C.Y. Leung to express his regret for the 2010 Manila hostage crisis but maintained that the Philippines will not apologize for the actions of a single individual.
During an interview with reporters at the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel in Bali, Indonesia, Aquino said Leung requested for a meeting with him which lasted for about 30 minutes. Aquino is in Indonesia for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
He said Leung told him that in their culture, they apologize for unfortunate incidents even though the government is not directly responsible.
But the President said he told the Hong Kong official that in Filipino culture, we only apologize when we "admit that we are at fault as a country, as a government, and as a people."
"So sabi ko, that’s your culture. You practice those, that’s your system. But in our system iyong… we cannot admit wrongdoing if it’s not ours... From our perspective, there is one lone gunman responsible for this tragedy," he said.
He said Leung told him they recognize that Filipino culture.
In 2010, at least eight Hong Kong tourists were killed after a sacked Philippine policeman seized a bus packed with tourists in a desperate bid to be reinstated in his job.
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