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South Korea embassy warns Philippines on crimes against nationals

Published on Aug 13, 2014 8:39 PM

MANILA (AFP) - South Korea has expressed alarm at a rise in crimes against its nationals in the Philippines, citing the killing of nine South Koreans this year alone.

Seoul's embassy, in a statement dated Tuesday, said such crimes could affect growing ties between the two countries which has recently seen many South Koreans coming to the archipelago.

"The rising incidence of crimes committed against Koreans while in the Philippines either on vacation or on business is a trend that has alarmed the embassy," said the statement.

"It is feared that if crimes against innocent Koreans persist, businessmen will avoid the Philippines and seek safer places for doing business." The embassy cited the murder of a South Korean businessman and the abduction of his wife on July 27, a crime for which their Filipino driver was arrested as a suspect.

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