Injured HK tourist thanks PNoy for helping her recover

26-Apr-2014 Intellasia | Interaksyon | 6:00 AM Print This Post

A Hong Kong tourist who was injured during the hostage-taking incident in Manila more than three years ago, thanked the Aquino government for helping her undergo reconstructive surgery, said Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras on Thursday.

Almendras, who is the government’s point person between the Philippines and Hong Kong, said that Yik Siu-ling thanked the President for helping her recover from the tragedy.

Yik was hit by a bullet in the jaw during the incident.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Chun Yin Leung mentioned Yik during his discussion with President Benigno Aquino III in Indonesia last year and the President decided to extend her some assistance, according to Secretary Almendras.

Leung made a graphic description of Yik’s injury, prompting the President to act, he said.

The Cabinet Secretary said that when he met Yik in Hong Kong, he told her that it was her story and circumstances that prompted the Philippine government to reopen the discussions on the issue.

He said he went to Hong Kong last November to arrange for Yik’s surgery in Taipei.

“We arranged for certain facilities and then she was able to leave for Taipei to get her surgery, which was very successful and she did say thank you,” Almendras told reporters.

Yik’s recent statement is a far cry from what she was saying in the past, he said.

The Philippine government was extra cautious in dealing with the victims and their families, considering the sensitivity of the hostage-taking issue.

This is the reason why the Philippine government is not using the word “compensation” when referring to monetary assistance for the victims, Almendras noted.

“I need to let you know. Not all the families are going to accept the token of solidarity. Why? Because some of them do not believe that it is appropriate for them to accept money in exchange for this; and we are truly, truly appreciative of that,” he said.

Leung announced on Wednesday that Hong Kong has lifted the sanctions imposed on the Philippines.

And as both sides bring closure to the issue, Leung said the Philippines and Hong Kong could now start a new chapter in their relations.


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