Here is a statement I released today on the President’s refusal to say sorry to the victims of the Rizal Park hostage taking incident:
For refusal to say sorry to victims of Rizal Park hostage incident
Casiño hits PNoy for ‘heart of stone’
Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño is appealing to President Noynoy Aquino to “go down from his ivory tower and understand the simple and reasonable request of the victims of last year’s Rizal Park hostage taking incident for an apology.”
Casiño met with a survivor and the relatives of the victims yesterday afternoon in Quezon City. They were accompanied by legislative councilor James To Kun-Sun of the Hong Kong Legislative Council.
“I was surprised to learn from them that no ranking government official has ever apologized to the survivors or the families of those killed. Wala silang konsuwelo. Kahit bulong, kahit sulat man lang wala silang natatanggap. That is why they are still hurting and angry after all this time,” the lawmaker said.
“I cannot understand why the President refuses to say sorry when the findings of the body he himself formed to investigate the incident say government officials were partly to blame for the fiasco. We all saw what happened. Ano ba naman yung mag-sorry ang Presidente sa nangyaring kapalpakan? There’s nothing wrong with acknowledging your failures and saying sorry, especially since eight lives were lost,” the lawmaker said.
Casiño also said the President was either misinformed or complicating matters by saying that the entire Filipino people should not apologize for the massacre. “Where did he get that idea? No one is asking the entire Filipino nation to apologize. What the victims want is for the government to acknowledge and apologize for its failures. That is a reasonable demand. Kung tayo ang nasa ganung sitwasyon, I’m sure we would do the same,” he said.
“I also find it ridiculous for the President to compare the Rizal Park fiasco to the recent killings in Norway. Sa Norway walang pong pumalpak na negotiation at walang palpak na rescue effort,” he said.
“My appeal to the President is for him to have a heart. Put himself in the victims’ shoes and understand where they’re coming from. False pride has no place in such a situation,” Casiño said.
He added that he is mulling a resolution expressing the sense of the House for the President to reconsider his position.#