Whenever my Korean classmates ask me how Filipinos in the Philippines view Koreans in general, I oftentimes tell them that it’s almost always negative. When they ask why, I of course tell them that our views are based on how we see them in the Philippines. The Koreans I’ve met and interact with here are not as “rude” as we perceived them back home. In fact, they are very hospitable and I could say that more hospitable than we tout ourselves to be. (Sometimes sickeningly hospitable and every recipient of that hospitality would know what I’m talking about.)
Anyway, articles like the one published in Korea Times yesterday doesn’t help to the image of Koreans back home. The title read “Kidnappings of Koreans in Manila Under Investigation” and at first glance it would give you an impression that the Filipinos are kidnapping Koreans when in fact, the Koreans themselves are the ones doing the crime against their own.
Here’s an excerpt of the news article written by Bae Ji Sook:
A Korean male “sex tourist” in the Philippines was abducted by local gangsters and released seven days later after paying 50 million won ($36,000) in ransom, police said. Police suspect the case is among an increasing number of crimes involving local Korean gangs using the Internet.
One of my friends here in South Korea whose brother is a policeman in the Philippines told us that Korean gangsters indeed are the perpetrators of crimes against their own countrymen. There are about 100,000 Korean residents in the Philippines, according to news report.