PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald Dela Rosa said they will install a "Korean police assistance desk" in every Pampanga police office to better address the needs and complaints of the South Korean nationals.

During a meeting with Korean ambassador Kim Jae Shin in Pampanga on Wednesday evening, Dela Rosa said they wanted to make sure that the Korean community's stay in Pampanga is safe.

Kim said eat least 20 Korean nationals are being killed abroad each year. He added that 40 to 50 percent of incidents happen in the Philippines, half of them killed in Pampanga, where at least 20,000 Koreans are currently residing.

Last October 18, Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo was abducted from his house in Friendship Plaza Village in Angeles City, Pampanga, and was killed inside Camp Crame by police officers from the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG).

In separate incident in December, three Korean nationals were forcibly taken from their home in same village by police officers who extorted from the victims P300,000 in exchange of their freedom.

Dela Rosa then urged the Korean community to be aware of the hotline of the newly created Counter-Intelligence Task Force (CITF) tasked to go after rouge cops.

He said through the CITF, the reports will immediately be acted upon.

Meanwhile, Dela Rosa said they will coordinate with the Korean embassy for the provision of a Korean interpreter in the CITF to make the communication between the authorities and the Korean nationals easier.

Dela Rosa also assured that the PNP is doing everything to solve Jee’s killing and to put the suspects behind the bars. (SunStar Philippines)