Instead of hitting the ball, a Korean father clubs his son in the middle of a well-manicured green golf course because the son cannot make a good hit. He hits the crying baby repeatedly, surprising other golfers.
The beating continues and a man named Rodrigo Duterte enters to pacify. But the Korean national refuses to budge, apparently lacking in knowledge of who Duterte is. The Korean barks at Duterte while the nervous son wipes his tears, smears of it clear on his cheeks.
The Korean lifts his right arm, swinging the club towards his son's head. A blood spurts seconds after. A club falls, barely creating a rattle as it hits the ground. The boy stands in awe, watching his father blooded head.
Sure I was not there when that incident happened. I only learned of the story when it was carried as a backgrounder for a newspaper report on deported Koreans. Perhaps my account is different from what really happened.
It could be far from what really ensued. It could be close. I'm sure the older Korean was hurt much more than his son was when he clubbed him repeatedly for performing poorly in golf. He could have been hit on his head or on his face. Wherever he was hit, what's important is, he was stopped from hitting his poor child when he himself got hit by no less than Duterte.
Duterte admitted hitting the Korean and later asking the Bureau of Immigration to send the Korean back to his country.
Like most major cities of the Philippines, Davao has become a gracious host to thousands of Korean nationals who entered the country either as students or tourists. Later, a number of these Koreans have decided to settle here, investing in restaurants and tourism. But zoom in to their business ventures will make you understand how exclusive they are: visiting (and stay-in) Koreans eat at Korean Restaurants and travel around with Korean tour operators, onboard Korean buses.
So except for the hotels and small shops, English language teachers, and the Ateneo de Davao University, no one in Davao is actually benefiting from the Koreans, officials said.
A number of those who study at the Ateneo de Davao University (their top choice, I guess) I find really hot.They reinforce my fancy for the mukhang-parang-tanga men. But as their stay here is dragging for many more years, the graciousness of their own host they challenge; the hospitality they abuse.
Imagine these Koreans smoking even at a crowded hotel lobbies when a city ordinance banning smoking in public places such as hotels lobbies (except for designated areas that resemble gas chambers)is still in place. Imagine them walking at hotel lobbies shirtless and dripping.
Councilor Bonifacio Militar said at least 18 Korean companies in Davao are allegedly circumventing Philippine laws, on top of these is their failure to remit social security payments of their employees to the Social Security System (SSS, aside from the fact that they pay wages way below the mandated minimum wage.
These abuses and more while they are in Davao. I could only imagine what's happening in Korea.
Sunday morning, an incensed Duterte appeard on his television program threatening to arrest Koreans he will find violating the anti-smoking ordinance. He also threatened to shut-down the Apo View Hotel, the hole of the alleged abusive Koreans.
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