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Hong Kong imposes sanctions on Philippines over hostage drama

Published on Jan 29, 2014 7:13 PM
 
This file photo taken on August 23, 2010 shows Philippine policemen taking position as they start their attack on a hijacked tourist bus carrying more than 20 Hong Kong tourists in Manila. Hong Kong announced on Jan 29, 2014 it was imposing sanctions on the Philippines because of its "unacceptable" failure to apologise for the deadly hostage crisis more than three years ago.

HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong announced on Wednesday it was imposing sanctions on the Philippines because of its "unacceptable" failure to apologise for a deadly hostage crisis more than three years ago.

The current visa-free arrangement for visiting Philippine diplomats and officials will be suspended from Feb 5, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun Ying told a press conference.

Currently they are able to stay 14 days without a visa.

Leung described the move as the "first phase of sanctions" and said the government may take more action if it thinks it could be "effective" in securing an apology over the 2010 hostage-taking.

 
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