After the hostage taking drama on Monday, Security Bureau of Hong Kong advised its citizens to avoid all travel to the Philippines. As expected, the said hostage crisis would affect much the tourism in our country.
The warning was released by the Security Bureau one hour after the 10-hour hostage incident. 4 Chinese nationals killed by the hostage-taker Rolando Mendoza, a former police officer. The incident ended when a SWAT sniper shot Mendoza in the head.
Before, our travel status with the Security Bureau is “amber alert warning”, meaning there were signs of threat. This is due to the rampant kidnapping incidents happened in our country. Unfortunately, it will be changed by the bureau to “black alert warning” meaning there are severe threats on the country’s security.
“The Chinese government demands the Philippine government launch a thorough investigation into the incident and inform the Chinese side of related details as soon as possible,” Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said, according to a statement posted on the ministry’s website late Monday.
Six of the hostages were confirmed alive. The rest of the passengers’ fate is still unknown.