I'd like to convey my apologies to HK Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen on behalf of my President, Noynoy Aquino.
He's new to the job of leadership and has never handled a crisis situation before in his life.
Perhaps the next time that Hongkong nationals are held hostage here in the Philippines, be assured that he will be more properly advised as to what orders to issue to the Philippine National Police and his media backers.
We do hope that you will continue to welcome Filipinos in Hongkong and that your people do not take out what ever anger or frustration you may feel on our people.
Condemning the Philippine gunman as a "cold-blooded killer," Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen expressed disappointment at the way the crisis was handled.
"This is a major tragedy. The way it was handled, particularly the outcome, is very disappointing," said a tearful Tsang at a press conference convened at 10.45pm. "I feel extremely sad."
Tsang repeatedly stressed that he failed to get in touch with Philippine President Benigno Aquino for a big part of the afternoon and regretted not being able to express his concerns personally. Tsang said the government has demanded that the Philippines foreign ministry properly handle the aftermath.