The last time I was with friends, we talked about how scary the things we’ve been hearing about the Philippines. It seems like horrible murders, rapes, robberies and kidnappings happen everyday. What’s scarier is that the fact that law enforcers are the perpetrators of some of these crimes. Remember that kidnapping that happened in broad daylight in EDSA? That photo became viral and later on it was found that the kidnappers are policemen ~ who are supposed to protect the people are the ones committing the crime!
The Filipinos are indeed fearful of their safety ~ even when they are far away from home. Not only do I think about the safety of my family back home ~ but of the general population.
Here in Korea, politicians have noted the increasing crimes against Koreans. They concluded based on reports that the Philippines is the most dangerous country for Koreans. The data shows that out of the other countries in the world, it was in the Philippines that Koreans experienced the most crimes. It is estimated that there are now 100,000 Koreans in the Philippines and they are currently the number one tourists.
Many will say that Koreans themselves are the perpetrators of most crimes against Koreans in the Philippines. However, it shouldn’t be an excuse to the fact that crimes seem to be increasing. It is a reflection of how unafraid criminal elements are of our law enforcers.
It was the first time since 2011 that the number of crimes against Koreans was higher in the Philippines than in China, the lawmaker said in a press release. China has been one of the most visited countries by Koreans for years.
The data compiled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs showed that the number of crimes against Koreans in the Philippines stood at 128 in 2009, 94 in 2010, 774 in 2011, and 628 in 2012.
The figures in China were 1,024 in 2009, 944 in 2010, 731 in 2011 and 759 in 2012.
Crimes in the Philippines last year included 13 murders, 12 robberies, 678 thefts, two rapes, nine abductions, 12 physical assaults and 10 frauds.
I haven’t been home to the Philippines since 2008. My husband has been constantly suggesting that we go there as he’d like to visit Palawan and other places he has not been to. It’s quite surprising that he is not fearful considering that he experienced being robbed (twice!) while he was living in Quezon City. And both times were armed robberies. He was even amused when he saw the policeman doing his report was using a typewriter. Oh well…