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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Philippines police admit blunders in handling of Manila hostage crisis

The Philippine police force has admitted blunders in handling the recent Manila hostage hijack. The Manila commandos took 12 hours to take control of the hijacked bus and eventually resulted in at least nine killed. The commandos fired a few gunshots into the bus at night raising questions whether they killed victims accidentally. Investigation is still in progress.

The mishandling of Manila hostage was heavily criticised by the Hong Kong citizens. Although the Philippine president has officially apologised to China and Hong Kong for the poor handling of the Manila bus siege, the Hong Kong government is reportedly demanding a written report on the bloody hostage drama. Already, there are fears of a growing backlash against the Filipino community working in Hong Kong with at least one maid being fired by her employers. Hearing reports of discrimination against Filipinos in Hong Kong, action star Jackie Chan assured that his country won’t encourage hate. On his Twitter account, he said "Humans should be united and not kill or hate each other". His open-minded mindset has won praise for maintaining peace between Hong Kong and Philippines.

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