Hong Kong's Chief Executive Donald Tsang has criticized the Philippines' handling of a hostage crisis yesterday in Manila that resulted in the deaths of seven Hong Kong tourists.
Tsang said in a press conference that the event was "most regrettable" and that he found the outcome "disappointing". The country has issued a travel warning to its citizens for the Philippines.
The deaths will injure the credibility of the eight-week-old administration of Benigno Aquino III, who is endeavoring to attract foreign investment to a country where almost half the population earn less than $2 a day.
The Philippines is one of the least visited countries in Southeast Asia, with just 3 million foreign tourists in 2009. Tourist arrivals from China and Hong Kong had tripled between 2006 and 2009.
Seven tourists killed in Manila hostage shootings [Financial Times (print), 24 Aug 2010]
Hong Kong leader criticises handling of hostage crisis [The Straits Times (print), 24 Aug 2010]