[Yonhap News 20]
The Korean and the Philippine prosecution offices have joined forces.
From now on, it is possible to respond more actively to violent crimes targeting Korean residents or tourists in the Philippines that frequently occur.
Lee Jae-dong has more.
<Recording> "Another Korean national was murdered in the Philippines. As incidents of kidnapping and murdering Korean nationals continue to occur, concerns about the safety of tourists and overseas Koreans are increasing."
There are 90,000 Koreans living in the Philippines, and about 1.2 million Korean tourists visit the Philippines each year.
Because they can communicate in English and prices are low, there has recently been a surge in the number of people moving to the Philippines after retirement.
The problem is that crimes targeting Koreans show no signs of ceasing.
In 2012, there were about 260 crimes targeting Koreans; last year, the number doubled to about 520, and every year, there are more than 10 cases of Koreans being murdered.
Despite this multiplicity of crimes targeting Koreans, the local investigation agencies have been passive, contributing to the growing fear of Korean residents there.
To solve this problem, the prosecution offices of Korea and the Philippines have joined forces.
The two offices have signed a memorandum of understanding to actively cooperate when nationals from either country commit crimes or fall victim to a crime in the other country.
<Virgilio Mendez / Director of National Bureau of Investigation of the Philippines> "We will do our best so that no Koreans fall victim to crimes in the Philippines and all incidents are resolved quickly."
In particular, as the number of Korean criminals hiding in the Philippines is estimated to be about 670, the two countries have agreed to actively cooperate in the repatriation of the criminals.
Lee Jae-dong reporting for Yonhap News TV.
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