Hong Kong Sad, Furious
HONG KONG, Aug. 25 -- The bloody hostage crisis in Manila that left eight Hong Kong tourists dead has generated sorrow and anger in this former British colony as protests grew over the handling of the siege.
Flags on government buildings flew at half-mast in mourning for the victims, who were part of a Hong Kong tour group, and the stock exchange paused for a minute’s silence at the start of yesterday’s trading. The Chinese government also demanded answers from the Philippines and an explanation for its failure to resolve the crisis that led to Monday’s bloodbath.
As Hong Kong residents expressed outrage over the hostage incident, newspapers in the Chinese territory accused the Manila police of incompetence in resolving the standoff. “The Philippines is one of the most chaotic countries in Southeast Asia,” said the Chinese newspaper People’s Daily. “A culture of colonization, autocracy and rapid changes in government has created all sorts of curious grievances in this country.”
4 Strains of Dengue Circulating
MANILA, Aug. 25 -- Four strains of dengue virus are circulating in many parts of the country, contributing to the rise in dengue cases this year, the Department of Health (DOH) said.
The presence of the strains was confirmed in the blood samples collected from dengue patients. “It seems that all the strains are circulating in many parts of the country including the National Capital Region... It’s not the only reason for the increase but it is a factor,” said Dr. Lyndon Leesuy, DOH program manager for Dengue Control Program.
He said that if all four strains of dengue-types 1, 2, 3, and 4- are circulating, a person who recovered from one type of dengue virus is not immune to other types. Seventy percent of the patients infected were aged one to 20 years old. The oldest infected was 95.