UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — President Rodrigo Duterte has apologized to China for the Manila hostage crisis.

During a speech in Hong Kong on Thursday April 12, Duterte said that prior to this there has been “no official apology coming from the Philippines regarding that incident”.

In 2010, a disgruntled former senior inspector for the Philippine National Police held a bus of 25 people hostage.

Negotiations broke down about 10 hours into the standoff, causing the death of eight Hong Kong tourists.

The crisis ended after the former policeman was shot by a police sniper.

Benigno Aquino III had just become president and was blamed for lack of leadership. The police negotiations have been widely criticized as incompetent.

Relations between Manila and Hong Kong have been strained since the incident.

Duterte guaranteed as much as humanly possible that an incident like this will never happen again.