April 16, 2013 12:21
One Korean died and two others were injured in a shooting in the Philippines. According to the Foreign Ministry here, the incident occurred in Angeles City, a two-hour drive from Manila, at around 5 p.m. on Monday.
The incident occurred as the group got in their car after a meal in a Chinese restaurant. One man, surnamed Im, was pronounced dead on the scene and the two others were taken to hospital, one with a critical gunshot wound to the neck.
The person with minor injuries reportedly does not remember what happened.
Police have secured an account from a witness who lives in the neighborhood. When he heard three shots fired, the witness came outside and saw two or three people, who appeared to be Filipinos, running away from the scene.
The Korean Embassy in the Philippines said it dispatched a consul to support the victims and is trying to find their families and acquaintances. Details including their identity will be made available after the police investigation, it added.
The victims, who went to the same elementary school, run currency exchange businesses largely dealing with Korean tourists and Korean residents there. They were believed to have had a lot of cash with them at the time of the incident. Police are investigating whether it was a crime resulting from a grudge or a robbery that went wrong.
Angeles City was home to a U.S. airport base until 1991. With its restaurants and clubs, the city is the entertainment capital of the central region of Luzon.
"A police investigation is under way. As far as I know, it has not been revealed whether it was a robbery or abetted by someone else," said a staffer with a local Korean community association. "It remains to be seen, but we’re concerned that the incident may affect the businesses of some 20,000 Korean residents here."
The number of Korean tourists to the Philippines last year stood at over 1 million, but some parts of the country are not safe and abductions for ransom are frequent. In the past five years, 30 Koreans were killed and 95 went missing there.
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