Jackie Chan expresses grief over hostage drama
By Thea Alberto
Yahoo! Southeast Asia
(UPDATE) As Asian action star Jackie Chan expressed grief over the tragic Quirino Grandstand hostage drama that killed several of his compatriots, Filipinos lauded him for being open minded about the incident.
Because despite reports of discrimination against Filipinos in Hong Kong, Chan assured that his country won’t encourage hate.
“HK is a nation built by a lot of different people..don’t worry! We do not hate!” said Chan in his Twitter account.
“Humans should be united and not kill or hate each other,” Chan added.
Several Twitter users appreciated Chan’s effort to maintain peace between Hong Kong and Philippines.
User lislmae said: I love you so much Jackie Chan! There’s a reason why you’re one of my heroes. And you proved it again now.
Rizmofey meanwhile said: with much appreciation from Us Filipinos. Thank you Mr. Jackie Chan. God bless.
Itsmetinks thanks Chan using Venus Raj’s popular expression: Jackie Chan deserves a MAJOR MAJOR Thank YOU!
Adyocampo said: Jackie Chan extends a hand of friendship to Filipinos. AYOS!
Malacanang itself thanked Chan for his gesture.
Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda, who knows how to speak Chinese, said ‘Thank you’ to Chan in his language.
In his Twitter account, Chan said he heard about “the terrible news” upon returning to Hong Kong from Korea.
“I come back to hk & I hear terrible news about what happened in filippines [sic]. A lot of things don’t happen to your own country you don’t pay attention,” Chan said in his Twitter page.
Chan noted the hostage taking could have happened elsewhere but it was heartbreaking that it had to happen to Hong Kong citizens.
“This kind of things always happen around the world [sic]. It happened to hk’s people, the whole hk is talking about it. It’s really sad,” Chan said.
Chan also acknowledged that authorities were in a difficult position during the hostage crisis.
“If they killed the guy sooner, they will say why not negotiate first? If they negotiate first, they ask why not kill the guy sooner? So sad,” he said.
On Monday, Rolando Mendoza, a disgruntled ex-policeman took hostage a busload of Hong Kong tourists.
The day-long crisis ended after police killed Mendoza.
Chan, a native of Hong Kong, starred in several Hollywood films, including blockbuster “The Karate Kid.”
Chan also visited the country August 2006 and met with representatives from the Philippine National Red Cross, UNAIDS, and World Wildlife Fund.
Reposted From Thea Alberto Of Yahoo! Southeast Asia