CEBU CITY, Oct. 12 (PNA) — The Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 and Chungnam Police of South Korea have strengthened their relations by signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the regional headquarters on Osmena Blvd. in Cebu City.
Top officials from Chungnam headed by Senior Supt. General Sang-Yong Park came to Cebu to sign the agreement while Senior Supt. Orlando Ualat, deputy regional director for operations, represented PRO 7 during the signing of the MOU.
Lee Yong San, South Korean Police Attaché, said the agreement will foster the partnership between Chungnam police and PRO 7 and to enhance good relations of South Korea and the Philippines.
After the agreement was signed, Lee asked PRO-7 officials to protect the citizens of South Korea who come to Cebu mostly to study English and for recreation.
“As you know, many Koreans have been coming to Cebu for education purposes and recreation, I ask PRO 7 to protect them,” Lee said.
He said while they are asking the local police to protect their citizens living in Cebu, he also assured that Korean criminals will be dealt with accordingly.
“I heard some cases the Koreans sometimes are victims and suspects as well. The criminal can be handled by law; criminals can be punished by law,” he said.
He said Koreans who come to the Philippines are obliged to follow the law of the host country.
“Koreans promise to abide by the law. Koreans come as foreigners. I ask you to treat them warmly,” he said.
Senior Supt. Pablo Labra III said the agreement has been there for years already and the signing of the MOU is just a continuation of the program.
Labra said the agreement includes exchange of study tours and trainings between the two police units.
Labra said the Korean police officials are happy with the Korean Desk established in every police station in the region and they are now learning PRO 7’s Beat Patrol System and the Comprehensive Deployment System. (PNA)