Philippine president declares Aug. 25 national day of mourning for hostage victims

18:40, August 24, 2010      

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Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has declared Aug. 25 as day of national mourning for the victims of Monday's hostage-taking incident that left eight Hong Kong tourists dead.

Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Tuesday that Aquino has ordered all government agencies, including the country's embassies and consulates abroad, to lower the Philippine flag in half-mast.

The 11-hour long hostage-taking incident in the Philippine capital ended with eight tourists from Hong Kong dead.

Fourteen Hong Kongers, three of them children, survived the ordeal.

The hostage-taker, former Police Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza, was also killed in a gunfight with local police.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:黄蓓蓓)

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