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Lee Mei-chun, mother of tour guide Masa Tse, who was killed during Manila's bus hostage crisis in 2010, cries while observing a moment of silence with survivor Yik Siu-ling (L) outside the Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong August 23, 2013. Survivors and family members of the victims of the Manila bus hostage crisis have filed writs in the High Court in Hong Kong to seek compensation from the Philippines. The group is taking legal action after claiming Manila has ignored demands for compensation and an official apology since the tragedy, according to a government radio report. (MNS photo)

Lee Mei-chun, mother of tour guide Masa Tse, who was killed during Manila’s bus hostage crisis in 2010, cries while observing a moment of silence with survivor Yik Siu-ling (L) outside the Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong August 23, 2013. Survivors and family members of the victims of the Manila bus hostage crisis have filed writs in the High Court in Hong Kong to seek compensation from the Philippines. The group is taking legal action after claiming Manila has ignored demands for compensation and an official apology since the tragedy, according to a government radio report. (MNS photo)

Tse Chi-hang (2nd L) and Lee Mei-chun (R), family members of tour guide Masa Tse, who was killed during Manila's bus hostage crisis in 2010, lawmaker James To Kun-sun, and survivor Yik Siu-ling (2nd R) observe a moment of silence outside the Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong August 23, 2013. Survivors and family members of the victims of the Manila bus hostage crisis have filed writs in the High Court in Hong Kong to seek compensation from the Philippines. The group is taking legal action after claiming Manila has ignored demands for compensation and an official apology since the tragedy, according to a government radio report.  (MNS photo)

Tse Chi-hang (2nd L) and Lee Mei-chun (R), family members of tour guide Masa Tse, who was killed during Manila’s bus hostage crisis in 2010, lawmaker James To Kun-sun, and survivor Yik Siu-ling (2nd R) observe a moment of silence outside the Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong August 23, 2013. Survivors and family members of the victims of the Manila bus hostage crisis have filed writs in the High Court in Hong Kong to seek compensation from the Philippines. The group is taking legal action after claiming Manila has ignored demands for compensation and an official apology since the tragedy, according to a government radio report. (MNS photo)

HONG KONG  (Mabuhay) — Hong Kong survivors of a Manila hostage crisis and families of those killed sued the Philippine government Thursday to demand an apology and compensation, a day before the tragedy’s third anniversary.

The group took the case to a local court after accusing Manila of failing to respond to their demands over the 2010 drama, which cost the lives of eight tourists following a bungled rescue operation.

“Until now, there is no positive response to our demands regarding the tragedy,” said Tse Chi-hang, brother of tour guide Masa Tse.

The guide was among those killed when a sacked Philippine policeman seized a bus packed with tourists in a desperate bid to be reinstated in his job.

“It is painful, when you see there is no progress at all, and there is no sign from the Philippine government on taking responsibility,” Tse told AFP.

The Philippine government and then-Manila mayor Alfredo Lim are among nine parties being sued, Tse said, adding that they are also seeking “reasonable” compensation.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima was quoted as saying last year that the government was not bound by the rulings of Hong Kong courts.

After lengthy negotiations, police mounted an assault on the bus. The hostage-taker and eight tourists were killed and seven others were wounded in an incident broadcast live on television around the world.

The apparent incompetence of the police who mounted the assault outraged the residents of Hong Kong, a city with low low crime rates. Local politicians accused the Hong Kong government and Beijing of failing to press the demands of the victims.

The Hong Kong government has maintained a warning against travel to the Philippines following the incident.

Joseph Estrada, a former Philippine president and the current mayor of Manila, apologized this week for the tragedy but this was rejected by relatives of victims and survivors.

President Benigno Aquino has expressed regret and admitted the crisis should have been handled better, but refused to apologize when the victims’ families traveled to the scene of the incident in Manila in 2011.

However, Aquino apolozised in May for the killing by his country’s coastguard of a Taiwanese fisherman.  (MNS)

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