Survivors and relatives of eight Hong Kong tourists who were killed exactly two years ago in a 2010 Philippine bus hostage fiasco in Manila gather outside the Philippines consulate in Hong Kong to demand an apology

MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine government on Tuesday expressed dismay over the decision of the Hong Kong government to retain the Philippines on its tourist destination blacklist.
"We are obviously disappointed over this decision," Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez said yesterday.
He, however, said the Philippine government will push more efforts to get out of the blacklist.
"We will persevere in our effort to restore relations," Jimenez said.

The Tourism chief noted that the Philippine government has exerted efforts "to restore the trust and confidence of the government of Hong Kong SAR" after the 2010 Manila bus hostage-taking incident, which claimed the lives of several Hong Kong nationals.
The latest, he said, was the completion of the National Crisis Management Core Manual.
Jimenez said the Philippine government will keep on pursuing efforts to "restore the trust and confidence of the government of Hong Kong SAR in keeping with the constant friendship between our two peoples."
Some reports revealed that the Philippines was retained on black list by Hong Kong because of the Philippines' territorial dispute with China on the West Philippine Sea. Also on the black list is Syria.


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