Phillipine officials escape charges for Manila hijack


MANILA — No Philippine officials will face criminal charges over their handling of a deadly bus hijacking despite the recommendations of an inquiry panel, a leaked report by a presidential legal team seen by Reuters showed on Friday. The report, to be released on Monday, could renew anger in China over the Aug. 23 hijacking in which eight Hong Kong tourists were killed and raise questions about President Benigno Aquino’s pledge to improve government accountability. Beijing had said soon after the deaths that a fair and thorough investigation would help relieve the anger and loss of Hong Kong and Chinese people. On Friday, Aquino’s aides told reporters nothing was final until the report was officially released.