EdPam as­sures safety of Kore­ans

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY REYNALDO G. NAVALES Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

ARAYAT – For­mer Arayat Mayor Luisito “Chito” Espino on Wed­nes­day ve­he­mently de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tions thrown against him by joint op­er­a­tives of the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Group (CIDG) and lo­cal po­lice who raided his house in Barangay Ca­cu­tud here.

At around 4:00 a.m. of Wed­nes­day, per­son­nel of CIDG backed by two V-150 ar­mored trucks, mem­bers of the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice Spe­cial Ac­tion Force (PNP-SAF) and lo­cal po­lice raided the house of Espino while serv­ing search

CLARK FREEPORT — An­ge­les City Mayor Edgardo Pam­intuan has as­sured that the city gov­ern­ment will im­ple­ment mea­sures for the pro­tec­tion and safety of Korean na­tion­als liv­ing and do­ing busi­ness in the city.

The mayor made the as­sur­ance dur­ing a con­sul­ta­tive meet­ing called by Pam­panga Gov­er­nor Lilia Pineda Wed­nes­day night at Royce Ho­tel which was at­tended by Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) chief Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Ron­ald “Bato” Dela Rosa and Korean Am­bas­sador Kim JaeShi n.

Pam­intuan dis­closed that the city gov­ern­ment is set to es­tab­lish a com­mand cen­ter sim­i­lar to that in Davao City, which was ini­ti­ated by Pres­i­dent Duterte dur­ing his term as the city’s mayor.

Closed cir­cuit tele­vi­sions (CCTV) will be in­stalled in the strate­gic ar­eas in Korean vil­lages and at the so called Korea Town, a com­mer­cial dis­trict in Barangay Anunas here where hun­dreds of Korean busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments are erected, the mayor said.

Pam­intuan said that he di­rected Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Pa­trick Vil­la­corte, the new city po­lice head, to in­ten­sify crime pre­ven­tion all over the city.

The mayor also made a pitch on how to clean up the mess at Korean Town in An­ge­les City with re­newed vigor by cleans­ing the PNP and in­stalling a new city di­rec­tor. “I will put up a Korean Desk at the Mayor’s Of­fice and the com­mand cen­ter is now be­ing con­structed with 80 ul­tra high def­i­ni­tion CCTVs that will be placed around the city.”

Pam­intuan sim­i­larly de­nounced Jee’s killing say­ing “what hap­pened last Oc­to­ber was shame­ful. That kind of act is not a be­hav­ior of a true Filipino.”

For a long time, Kore­ans and Filipinos have had a good re­la­tion­ship, ac­cord­ing to the mayor.

“In the 1950s, our coun­try sent heaps of Filipino troops to Korea for sup­port dur­ing the war,” he said.

Pam­intuan said he helped of the largest ship mak­ers in the world, the Korea Han­jin, to es­tab­lish a man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity in Su­bic. “And now thou­sands of Filipinos are now em­ployed there. Thank you Korea for trust­ing us.”

Dela Rosa, for his part, said that Kore­ans con­tinue to be ap­pre­hen­sive of their se­cu­rity be­cause of the killing of South Korean busi­ness­man Jee Ick-Joo and other in­ci­dents of rob­bery and ex­tor­tion against them.

The PNP chief pro­vided the hot­lines (09989702286 and 09957952569) of the counter-in­tel­li­gence task force, which was or­ga­nized to ad­dress po­lice abuses.

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K-POP TREAT­MENT. Korean stu­dents re­sid­ing in An­ge­les City are de­lighted to take groufies with Mayor Ed Pam­intuan af­ter the suc­cess­ful con­sul­ta­tive meet­ing among LGUs, PNP and Korean lead­ers held at the Royce Ho­tel in Clark.—

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