I have nothing against ‘foreign investments and tourism’ in the Philippines. Their money spent in the Philippines is surely a big help o our economy.
The problem really is the abuse of these foreigners to our fabled ‘Filipino hospitality’.
Oops, before anything else, let me say that this is not another Korean-bashing nor a flicker of xenophobia, but i have my own first-hand observation on the topic.
After the Chinese, the Koreans have become the number one ‘blight’ in our nation’s landscape. I tell you, I am not the only one commenting on this “Korean blight”. In fact, the Koreans have become adept in circumventing our laws, from real property ownership to payment of minimum wage laws.
In Cagayan de Oro City alone, the Koreans have taken over the ailing Pueblo Golf and Country Club. The locals complained about the arrogance of the Koreans in dealing with local staff and players. You know what they say, If Koreans are playing behind you, they will not even shout “fore” before hitting their golf balls while you are still in the fairways.
The Koreans have also abused the ‘christian missionary’ work. Their is this Emmanuel Mission School, a Korean funded school supposedly for the converted members of their congregation, especially the low-income families. They even had a school bus to pick up their students. As it turned out, the school bus is being used by Koreans coming in as tourists, under the guise of missionary work. You will see the bus inside the Golf course, outside Korean restaurants and mega malls. My ‘bubuwit’ said he never saw this bus used for their local congregation.
Of course, we heard how Davao City Mayor Duterte kicked out the Koreans for misbehaving in the city and literally spitting on our laws and rights.
So the Koreans left Davao City, much to the chagrin of Rep. Prospero Nograles. They went to Cebu City, and voila!. If you’re a first-time visitor to Cebu, you wil think it is a Korean province. Koreans everywhere. Rows of restaurants, beer houses, massage parlors… They pay even much lower wages than Gaisano Cebu. Even hold payments of wages for 3 months.
Sure, we acknowledge again their investment. But surely, we didn’t say that they can abuse us because of it.
So why is it that almost all local government officials are willing to sell their city and constituents just to entice Korean investment?
LGUs should balance the need for foreign investment and the protection of our laws. Take it from Mayor Duterte.
How do you like feeling a slave in your own country?
Here are some comments from other bloggers about the Koreanization of RP.
But the high number of South Korean visitors also has a downside. A number of conflicts have arisen between these visitors and local residents. A country club once posted the sign “No Koreans allowed,” which has since been removed. In Baguio City, Filipino golfers refer to Camp John Hay as ‘Kim Jong Hay’ because there are more South Koreans than locals in the recreation center. The Korean Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines admits that there are some South Koreans “who are rude, not behaving well and disturbing Filipino culture and the living environment.”
I have heard of some instances in which the churches where already there before the business-oriented migrants came in. There is a growing number of Korean missionaries who come to the Philippines ? a predominantly Roman Catholic nation ? to attract the locals to their Protestant denominations. While the Roman Catholic clergy views these activities with a great sense of suspicion and dismay many ? mostly needy ? Filipinos are open to the foreigners: “The poor go to the Korean churches because they give handouts such as (warm) meals,” said Lorna Makil of Silliman University in Dumaguete, who has conducted field research on the Korean population in her town. According to this scholar, the Korean community in Dumaguete is “a closed group” with very little interaction with the local people. Ms. Makil attributes this isolation to communications problems, as initially only very few immigrants know English, not to mention the local dialects.
There are actually two kinds of Koreans coming to the Philippines. There are the well-mannered and educated Koreans. But there, too, are those who come from the “bundoks” of South Korea. They are uncouth, ill mannered and abrasive, throwing their weight around just because they seem to be awash with money. You see them in hotel lobbies and even restaurants with their feet up as they do back home, and in shopping malls being welcomed by salesgirls with dollar signs in their eyes.
This latter type I saw in Cebu when I was there last weekend. In the pricey Mactan Shangrila Resort where we stayed, they lounged at the lobby with their feet up as if they owned the place.
The problem is that Immigration Commissioner Marcelino Libanan and his boys are treating Koreans with kid gloves for fear that the Korean government will retaliate against some 100,000 Filipinos working in South Korea.
And here is the latest reaction to the growing Korean blight:
Lawyers hit ‘Koreanization’ of RP
By Delmar Cariño
Northern Luzon Bureau
Posted date: November 26, 2008
BAGUIO CITY – Lawyers attending a Supreme Court-mandated legal seminar here took to task the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for its alleged failure to act on the proliferation of corporations suspected to be dummies of Koreans.
The lawyers said there is a growing public clamor for the investigation of corporations formed by local incorporators who actually fronted for enterprising Korean businessmen.
This is in violation of the anti-dummy law and the constitutional prohibition on the ownership of lands by foreigners, they said.
The lawyers, who attended the mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE) at Hotel Supreme here, tagged the problem as “the creeping Koreanization of the Philippines.”
But the SEC told the Inquirer that the lawyers were barking up the wrong tree since the power to prosecute dummy corporations belonged to the Department of Justice.
“The DOJ has jurisdiction over violations of the anti-dummy law since they are classified as criminal offenses,” lawyer Annie Tesoro, SEC director for the Cordillera, Ilocos and Cagayan regions, said.
What the SEC can do, she said, is to check and monitor if registered corporations complied with their articles of incorporation.
“We can file administrative cases against erring corporations en route to the cancellation of their registration,” she said.
She said the SEC has limited powers and thus, a criminal case filed at the DOJ could hasten the SEC’s administrative proceedings against dummy corporations.
She said the SEC had heard of bogus corporations purportedly put up by Korean dummies but the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) should conduct the probe.
The Korean topic was an offshoot of former Dean Merlin Magallona’s discussion on the Spratly Agreement and the baseline bill in relation to the definition of the country’s national territory.
Magallona said the Korean issue was an “expansion that has become alarming.”
Baguio is one of the cities in the country that hosts a lot of Korean schools, restaurants and other businesses, which grew over the years, mainly due to the influx of Korean students who wanted to learn English here.
But lawyer Galo Reyes, a former law dean, said the SEC appeared to have been lax in its campaign to stop dummy corporations from buying land.
“From San Fabian, Pangasinan to Pagudpod, Ilocos Norte, these corporations had acquired beach lots, home lots and condominiums,” he said. “What is the SEC doing?” he asked.