Korean expats at risk from crime

(From Korea JoongAng Daily)

There is growing alarm over the steady number of Korean nationals killed in the Philippines in recent years.

A 68-year-old Korean retiree was stabbed to death in his house in the province of Cavite in the Philippines on Feb. 22.


The man, surnamed Park, was found dead in his home by neighbors who called the local police. The victim had been living alone in the Philippines for over six years after retiring from his position as a professor at a regional university in Korea.

Cavite is a favorable spot for retirees. It is close to Manila and boasts of many golf courses.

Five Korean police officers dispatched to the Philippines reviewed CCTV footage and arrested as a key suspect a young Philippine woman who entered Park’s house that day. They are investigating her motives.

In the 2000s, the Philippines became a popular destination for Koreans because of its proximity, good weather and cheap cost of living. It is a popular destination for Korean tourists, golfers and English students. Some small businessmen have set up restaurants or other kinds of businesses there.

Over 1.2 million Korean tourists visit the country each year.

Since 2013, 34 Koreans have been killed in the Philippines. The figures break down to 11 murders last year, 10 in 2014 and 13 in 2013. Korea’s National Police Agency sent four officers to the Philippines to investigate the fatal shooting of a 57-year-old Korean national last December.

Mr. Kim, a 50-year-old who has been doing business in the Philippines for the past 20 years, said, “It has gotten to the point where we should be saying ‘K-Crime’ instead of ‘K-pop.’” Read more

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