Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan expresses his concerns over the safety of Koreans living in and visiting the Philippines. Also he has a meeting with the Secretary of foreign affairs of the Philippines which is scheduled this Friday.
Minister Yu will ask the Philippine government to take necessary measures to protect Korean people and tourists there, according to Kim Young-sun, spokesman for the foreign ministry.
The visit to the Philippines for Yu will begin on Thursday and on Sunday he will return to Seoul.
Approximately 115,000 Koreans live in the southeastern nation. And now the number of Korean tourists who visit the country is growing. During the recent years the number of incidents targeting Koreans in the Philippines is also growing.
The gunmen who killed Cho Tae-hwan, has also kidnapped two of his companions in an attack in a suburban area east of Manila. Cho’s companions were taken at gunpoint but were later released unharmed.
However, the motive for the attack was not clear, although kidnap-for-ransom gangs often target foreign tourists and businessmen in areas near Manila and in the province.