Korean retiree found stabbed to death in the Philippines

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Korean retiree found stabbed to death in the Philippines

A Korean retiree was stabbed to death in his house in the province of Cavite in the Philippines on Monday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed.

The 68-year-old man, surnamed Park, was reportedly found dead in his home by neighbors who called the local police. The victim had been living alone in the Philippines for over six years after retiring from his position as a professor at a regional university in Korea. Cavite is a favorable spot for retirees, close to Manila and with abundant golf courses.

Local police are tracking the assailant and investigating whether burglary or a personal grudge were possible reasons for the murder.

However, because the weapon was a knife as opposed to a gun, police are also considering the possibility that the murder was not premeditated.

Last year, two Korean couples were shot to death in Cavite.

A retired couple in their 60s was shot in their home in August, and a 54-year-old man and his wife were shot in their residence in October.

The Korean government has been concerned about the consistently high number of Korean nationals killed in the Philippines in recent years. There were 11 Koreans killed in the Philippines last year, 10 in 2014 and 13 in 2013. Korea’s National Police Agency even sent four officials to the Philippines to investigate the fatal shooting of a 57-year-old Korean national last December.

It was the first time Korean police have ever dispatched investigators overseas to take part in a specific joint investigation, though in 2010, the Foreign Ministry installed a Korean Desk with the Philippine National Police to handle crimes involving Korean citizens.

BY SARAH KIM [kim.sarah@joongang.co.kr]

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