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23/08/2010: Statement of Ambassador Willy Gaa on the Hostage-Taking Incident in Manila 23 August 2010

On behalf of the Filipino community in the United States, I wish to offer my deepest condolences to the families of the victims whose lives were lost in the hostage situation in Manila today.  Despite efforts for a peaceful negotiation, the incident tragically ended in the deaths of innocent civilians.

President Benigno Aquino has ordered Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to thoroughly lead the review of the case.  Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Soliman and Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim have also been tasked to provide everything necessary for the repatriation of the remains of the victims and return home of the survivors.  END