South Korea to honor President Aquino’s father during state visit


South Korea will present a plaque of appreciation for President Aquino’s father, the assassinated opposition leader Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. (in photo), who worked as a news correspondent during the Korean war, on the second day of the Philippine President’s state visit. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

SEOUL, South Korea—A recognition from the Korean government honoring his martyred father and namesake will be among the highlights of President Aquino’s two-day state visit here.

The President is scheduled to fly here on Thursday upon the invitation of President Park Gyeun-hye, the newly elected leader of this fast industrializing country considered to be the third-most vibrant economy in Asia.

Aquino said he would not be canceling the state visit to South Korea, expressing confidence that the government has responded adequately to the quake-devastated regions in the Visayas, particularly Bohol and Cebu, which suffered a 7.2-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday.

“I will be going to Bohol and Cebu tomorrow and if possible other areas and if the assessment is that there are a lot of things that are not being taken care of, then we will reconsider the visit,” Aquino said.

The two countries have long had historical ties, deepened by the Philippines’ gesture of sending of combat troops to help defend Korean democracy during the Korean War in the 1950s.

Aquino said Korea had extended the invitation to him three times, beginning from the term of President Lee Myung-bak, Park’s predecessor.

“If we suddenly cancel the visit, we might delay our good relations with Korea,” Aquino said.

Aquino and his official delegation, who will be taking a chartered Philippine Airlines flight, will be welcomed by top Korean officials led by Cho Tae-yul,  the second vice minister of foreign affairs, at the Seoul Air Base in Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do.

After offering a wreath at the Memorial Tower of the Seoul National Cemetery, Aquino will proceed to the Blue House, Korea’s seat of power, where a memorandum of understanding on defense cooperation will be signed by officials of the two countries.

Park will host a state dinner on Thursday in honor of the President.

The second and last day of Aquino’s visit will start with a wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial, after which he will be presented with a plaque of appreciation for his late father, the assassinated opposition leader Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr., who worked as a news correspondent during the Korean war.

He will also speak before a group of Korean businessmen to invite them to invest in the Philippines.—With a report from Nikko Dizon



Aquino to proceed to South Korea after checking on Bohol, Cebu

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  • JK1000

    Go ahead with your schedule visit to South Korea,Mr. President. You need to represent the country and solidify our ties with South Korea. Thank you so much to our korean friends for honoring a true filipino hero.

    • nakatutok


    • gggrrrrrrr

      hero of what??

      • ibascoallan

        si HERO angeles daw…..

    • Jaan

      Huh? Paki explain nga!


  • KappaPhiPhi

    has s korea honored the likes of ramos and those who fought for and with them during the korean war?

  • kilabot

    they should also honor
    his grandpa, bs aquino sr.
    for collaborating with the
    japs during ww2;
    like the koreans;
    birds of a feather.

  • graveh

    graveh uunahin pa ang pamamasyal at pagbisita sa ibang bansa kesa ayusin makiramay sa mga tao sa bohol at cebu. wala talaga pakiramdam itong abnoytard na ito. ppppppppppwwwwwwwwweeeeeeeehhhh cadiri. sige unahin mo yung tatay mong makapili. eeeeeeewwwwwwwwww

  • pinoyjunk

    South Korea honors PNoy’s father.

    PNoy dishonors his father by going against what Noynoy and Cory stood for – Good Transparent Government.

    PNoy would not certify FOI Act urgent. It has been enabling corruption and yet so many discretionary lump-sum funds in the billions are being used without transparency to the public.

  • pinoyjunk

    Aquino refuses to learn from the Koreans. Read this:
    Naked Project: Seoul mayor shows how transparency works
    By Volt Contreras
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    2:47 am | Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

    MANILA, Philippines—Filipinos who want to understand how a freedom of information law can foster transparency in the government can take a look at one Asian country that went through a rough path before achieving democracy and economic might—

    Mayor Park Won Soon of Seoul, South Korea, introduced last December what may be considered a freedom of information advocate’s dream: full disclosure of documents relating to megabuck projects. And not just contracts and budget reports, but even “MOMs” or minutes of the meetings.

    “Mildew grows in damp places. Corruption prospers under the umbrella of secrecy. Disclose everything and all will be clean,” said Park, who returned to Manila recently for the 55th anniversary of the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF).

  • boybakal

    This is good….Honor thy Father, not the Son.
    Kasi wala naman accomplishment yon anak.

  • jeff justice

    South Korea is trying to appease N.Korea.

    So, they are honoring Ninoy, a commie sypathizer/operator who is as opportunistic and a grandstander as Kim Jung Il.

    I still could not see anything good Benigno Aquino Jr has done for this country.
    The Jabidah expose’ perhaps? ….as the Malaysians will say.

    But he was the first man to kiss the MIA tarmac face down….. if that ain’t good, then I don’t know what is.

    • DeaDMoRo

      SoKor trying to appease NoKor? Nice theory but you’re way off base mah men..

    • Twister12

      For one you’re able to write in this forum you i#diot!. Obviously your peanut of a brain could not comprehend that. It’s understandable to dislike a person but to gloat because that person was gunned down & kissed the tarmac is way to much of an insult even from a low life like you. Parasite.

  • lastpiponearth

    Just a recognition for being a war correspondent??? Nothing special about that. There are tons of journalists who are war correspondents, nothing unique about it.

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