Transcript of remarks by S for S

     Following is the transcript of remarks by the Secretary for Security, Mr Lai Tung-kwok, at a media session after attending the Legislative Council meeting today (November 20):

Reporter: Can you give an update on the Manila hostage incident discussions?

Secretary for Security: Yesterday, we had a very good discussion with the Cabinet Secretary of the Philippine Government and thereafter we issued a joint statement. We hope that we can achieve further progress in the days to come.

Reporter: One person has received some money. Are you expecting other people to receive compensation soon?

Secretary for Security: The money given to Ms Yik is for the purpose to meet her urgent need on medical expenses. It is made without prejudice to the four demands made by the victims and their family members.

(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.)

Ends/Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Issued at HKT 15:40