Duterte assures safety of Korean businessmen in PH
admin • June 5, 2018 • 2963
President Rodrigo Duterte during his first official visit to South Korea (photo courtesy of RTVM)
SEOUL, South Korea — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, June 5, assured that South Korean businessmen will be safe while they are in the Philippines.
He gave the assurance as the South Korean government extended a $6.6 million grant to enhance the capabilities of the Philippine National Police (PNP), which include vehicles and personnel training.
Duterte also admitted that the Philippines is facing numerous law and order problems and asked that he be given until the end of the year to reorganize the PNP.
The president added that he will appoint a representative who will process the documents of South Korean investors so they can avoid corruption.
Duterte also told them that he has fired several government officials linked to corruption. He urged South Korean businessmen to shun corruption by reporting Filipino government officials who ask for money. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue
South Korea said on Thursday (August 22) it will scrap an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, a decision that could further escalate a dispute over history and trade and undercut security cooperation on North Korea.
The decision was announced after an hours-long debate within the presidential National Security Council (NSC).
Japan created a “grave change” in the environment for bilateral security cooperation by removing South Korea’s fast-track export status, citing security concerns without providing clear evidence, said Kim You-geun, a deputy director of the National Security Council.
The General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) was due to be automatically renewed on Saturday (August 24), unless either side decided to cancel it. (Reuters)
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte maintained that he will raise the arbitral ruling that favors the Philippines in the disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea when he visits China next week.
Duterte is scheduled to fly to China for a working visit from August 28 to September 3.
He will meet Chinese president Xi Jinping and talk about the Hague ruling, the code of conduct, as well as the proposed joint oil exploration in the West Philippine Sea.
“So whether you like it or not, would it make you happy or not, angry or otherwise. Sorry, but we have to talk the arbitral ruling, then what we get, if there is a start of the exploration and extraction of whatever there is in the bowels of the earth,” the President said during the inauguration of the 7.5 megawatt peak solar power project in the municipality of Odiongan, Tablas Island in Romblon on Wednesday (August 21).
“The proposal of 60-40 in our favor, would be a good start. I hope it would graduate to something like towards how do we solve the arbitral ruling peacefully,” he added.
The event was the President’s first public engagement after being out of the public eye for more than a week. – MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)
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