The security bureau of Hong Kong has advised its citizens to avoid all travel to the Philippines an hour after the hostage crisis ended. The alert status changed from “amber” which is signs of threat to “black” which indicates severe threats on the country’s security.
The Hong Kong warning stated that a “serious kidnap incident happened in the Philippines. Residents should avoid all travel to the country; those who are already there should attend to their personal safety and exercise caution."
The notice was issued after the 10 hour hostage situation involving tourists from Hong Kong in Manila that has resulted in at least 8 people being killed. The former police officer Rolando Mendoza had taken the bus in protest as regards his dismissal from the police for several legal reasons. He was eventually shot by Manila SWAT but by this time many people had already been shot on the bus.