Remembering hostages

A Buddhist monk performs the rites to mark the first anniversary of last year's botched bus hostage rescue at Rizal Park in Manila yesterday. Tearful relatives and a survivor offered flowers and lit incense at the park where the 11-hour drama unfolded on live television a year ago. Eight Hong Kong tourists were killed in the failed rescue after a dismissed policeman had taken them hostage. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III expressed "deep regret" yesterday for the deaths of the hostages but rejected the families' call for a formal apology. He said the lone gunman and not the state is to be blamed.