Trade, tourism on tap in Aquino-Park meet



MANILA, Philippines—Increased trade and tourism will be on the agenda when President Benigno Aquino III visits South Korea on Oct. 17 and 18, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has announced.

Mr. Aquino has accepted the invitation of South Korean President Park Geun-hye to visit the East Asian country, now one of the Philippines’ leading partners in trade and investments. It is also a top source of foreign tourists with more than a million South Koreans visiting last year.

Aquino and Park’s first summit meeting will also touch on political, defense and development cooperation matters, as well as regional and international positions.

Aquino will also meet with the South Korean business community to promote further trade and investment in the Philippines, and he will interact with the Filipino community in Seoul.

Ruling Saenuri Party presidential candidate Park Geun-hye. AP FILE PHOTO/AHN YOUNG-JOON

According to the DFA, the Philippines and South Korea established relations on March 3, 1949. During the Korean War (1950-53), the Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea (Peftok) joined the United Nations-led coalition in defending South Korea. Up to today, the DFA said, both countries recognize this as the “bedrock of Philippine-Korean relations.”

Both Aquino and Park are children of former Presidents.

Park is the daughter of President Park Chung-hee, a Korean War veteran who, like his contemporary, Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines, ruled South Korea as a dictator. She has since apologized for the crimes committed under the rule of her father, who was assassinated in 1979.

Aquino’s father, then journalist and future opposition Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr., covered the Korean War. He was assassinated in 1986.

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  • JK1000

    South Korea and Japan are true friends of the Philippines. These two allies of ours don’k make conditions or impose any strings attach. They help our AFP by giving us some modern equiptments and not liked garbage WWII useless war machinery.

    • Fulpol

      true friends?? LOL

    • walaywalay

      too bad the Philippines is a ”TRUE FRIEND” to no one—due to its self-centered, self-serving government

      • JK1000

        Too bad ! Another filipino who can’t resist showing his/her betrayal to the motherland.

      • warillaman

        he,he,he, idiot chink, filipinos are everywhere in the world, helping and contributing to each country’s economy, from maids to medical and engineering fields, unlike you chinks, brainless retards, who has to learn english before they could go to work in other countries, who got rich with cheap worthless goods, he,he,he, mongoloid chink.

  • Jun Go

    Aquino’s father, then journalist and future opposition Sen. Benigno
    Aquino Jr., covered the Korean War. He was assassinated in 1986.

    Mali ata ang year, Si Ninoy na assassinate nung 1983, 1986 ang EDSA revolution. Lagi na lang mali-mali ang mga article ng Inquirer.

    • MakaBayanPo

      gusto mo tama magbayad ka hehehe

  • FannyMacquiao

    Goodness another excuse for PNoy and all his peoples to spend a nice vacation outside the corrupt and stormy Philippines. And when they travel certainly their party will number in the 50’s or 60’s costing the Philippines tax-payers more millions and millions. Another vacation for PNoy & Co.

    • JK1000


  • PinoyPower1

    Godspeed President Aquino.

    Mabuhay Philippines-Korean Friendship!

  • warillaman

    We should get more investments, arms deal, to augment our defense capability against this mongoloid chinks.

    • socali

      dapat. Sana mg invest tayo sa South Korea. Both nations have similar history of colonization. I admire the S.Koreans.

  • superpilipinas

    What’s the big difference between the governments of the Philippines and South Korea?

    South Korea has good governance due to its Act of Disclosure of Information law since 1998. The Philippines still has corrupt governance since it still does not have its Freedom of information (FOI) Act. Philippines is more like North Korea.

    • socali

      Philippines is more like medieval Spain. We are living in a feudal society hijacked by religion and corruption.

  • Meow Ming

    Both are children of former presidents.
    Both their fathers are assassinated.
    Both were unmarried and still single.

    • socali

      bagay sila hahah

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