Manila says HK court's findings consistent with its conclusions

13:03, March 25, 2011      

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The Philippine government said on Thursday that the findings of the Hong Kong Coroner's Court on the August 2010 hostage-taking in Manila is "consistent with the conclusions of the Philippine investigation."

"The inquest jurors' verdict of 'unlawful killing' at the hands of the gunman is consistent with the conclusions of the Philippine investigation," the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)said in a statement.

Manila maintained that its own investigation into the August 2010 Manila bus hostage tragedy was "fair, transparent and open."

It described Hong Kong's own investigation into the incident "expansive in scope" with a "wealth of evidence" due to "the full and sincere cooperation of Philippine authorities."

"The Philippine government provided all assistance and cooperation it could provide to the Coroner's inquest, according to the laws of the Philippines and its international obligations," the statement said.

It also said Philippine law affords the families of the victims in the August 23 incident the opportunity to seek redress in Philippine courts.

"The Philippines deeply regrets the loss and disruption of lives as a result of that tragedy and seeks to bring justice to the victims. Towards this end, the criminal and administrative proceedings against the persons found responsible are well underway," the DFA said.

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