MANILA, Philippines – South Korea will send an investigative team to the Philippines to look into the increasing number of their nationals getting killed in the country, a report said Tuesday, November 1.
The delegation, headed by Kim Wan-joon of the South Korean Foreign Ministry’s Overseas Koreans and Consular Affairs office, is set to come to the Philippines on Wednesday, November 2, for a 3-day visit where they will “[inspect] local security conditions,” Yonhap news agency reported.
The delegation will meet with Philippine police, Yonhap reported, “to call for a more intense investigation into recent murder cases.”
They will also visit Angeles City, where there is a sizeable South Korean community, to check security conditions there.
South Korea’s government also “plans to expand cooperation with the Southeast Asian country to work together on murder cases involving Koreans,” the report added.
“The government is seeking numerous measures to forge a joint investigation with the Philippine government,” Kim was quoted as saying.
This comes after a total of 7 South Koreans have been reportedly murdered in the country in the first 10 months of 2016. In the previous year, 11 of their nationals were reportedly killed in the Philippines.
The visit comes as the Philippines grapples with the rising number of killings as a result of the Duterte administration’s ongoing war on drugs. (READ: Drug War Phase 2: PNP eyes 300,000 targets)
As of the 4th week of October, there have been over 4,700 deaths linked to the campaign – both from legitimate police operations and vigilante-style or unexplained killings (including deaths under investigation).
Last Tuesday, November 1, at least 3 Koreans were arrested in a drug raid in Makati. – Rappler.com