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    Phl turns down visa sanction vs HK

    THE Philippine government on Monday clarified that it has no plans of imposing similar visa sanctions for Hong Kong diplomats and officials in Manila.
    Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. raised the issue in reaction to the Congress’ call to also impose a visa sanction against Hong Kong as a form of retribution.
    Coloma said that instead of trying to get back at Hong Kong, the government continues to work for a solution to bring closure to the matter.
    As to the willingness of the government to make a formal apology to the Hong Kong government for supposedly “mishandling” the Manila bus hostage crisis in 2010, Coloma maintained that there was no need for it.
    “Everything we (the government) are doing will lead to mutual understanding, (an) acceptance of both parties in one solution,” Coloma said, adding that there is no basis to say that they do not understand their position to understand -- the key to close the row between the two countries.
    He said the government continues to have high hopes that the Philippines and Hong Kong will soon be able to reach an agreement.
    “Our approach is to continue on the path of seeking a solution and that is where we continue to be until the present time,” Coloma said.
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