MANILA -- Former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim on Wednesday insisted that there is no need for President Benigno Aquino to apologize to China for the Quirino Grandstand hostage-taking incident in 2010.
“Hindi kailangan mag-apologize ni Presidente Aquino dahil sino ba may gustong mangyari yun?” Lim told DZMM in an interview.
The President even left specific instructions to the police handling the situation to make sure that the hostages were saved, he added.
Lim also said it was not the call of any public official to order the assault because it was a police operation.
“Hindi naman ako ang nag-order ng assault. Hindi pwede makialam ang mga public official, kundi ang hostage negotiator lang at chief of police. Trabaho nila yun eh,” he said.
According to Lim, another reason why the state government should not apologize is that a day after the incident, he, as the mayor of the city where it happened, publicly apologized for the tragedy.
“Kumuha ako ng Buddhist priest, nagpamisa ako sa harap ng grandstand, sa tabi ng bus, which was attended by the sole survivor and the Chinese community. I told them we regret what had happened, and nobody wanted any such incident to happen. Ilan bang beses kailangan mag-apologize ng Pilipinas?” Lim asked.
On the reported recommendation of the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo for his suspension regarding the incident, which was revealed by Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, Lim said: "Hindi lahat ng findings ng fact-finding board, tatanggapin. Recommendatory lang ‘yun."