Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda:
In commemoration of the 2010 Quirino Grandstand hostage-taking incident
[Released on August 22, 2011]
On the eve of the first anniversary of the Quirino Grandstand Incident, the Filipino People renew their sympathy and solidarity with the families of the victims and the people of Hong Kong.
Concerned private citizens have also established a solidarity fund for the families of the victims, in keeping with the deep solidarity Filipinos feel for the victims and their families.
The Philippines has undertaken the investigations into official culpability: resulting in a dismissal and the filing of administrative charges against four police officials.
We have improved the capability and equipment of the Special Action Force and established a Tourism Police to ensure the safety of visitors.
Officials of the government will be meeting with some of the families of the victims and with a Hong Kong legislator to share updates on progress in the year since the tragedy took place.
We recognize the grief that continues to burden the relatives of the victims and we remain committed to reforms and improvements that will move relations between our peoples forward.