Gang Rape of Filipina Involving Eight Koreans: Tragedy or Set up?
For days, news about a 22-year-old Filipina from Angeles City, Pampanga who was allegedly raped by eight Koreans made the rounds on social media, and as expected, Filipinos and Koreans are divided in opinion on whether or not the Filipina is telling the truth.
When news of the gang rape first came out, many Filipinos felt sorry for the Filipina who happens to be a single mom, but as information of ongoing investigation broke on Korean and Filipino news, some have expressed doubts. One of the accused Koreans, Lee, voluntarily went to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Pampanga to clear his name, saying that the rape claim is a set up.
Apparently, the woman is a sex worker. A witness, also a Filipina, who was with Lee and the supposed victim the day the alleged gang rape took place also gave her statement.
CCTV footages of them dining together at a restaurant and checking into a hotel at about 4 in the morning support the Korean’s and the witness’s statements. The authorities are skeptical because of the lack of evidence that the seven Koreans involved in this case exist. According to the Korean Embassy’s own investigation, there was no gang rape that happened. The Filipina, however, will pursue the case.
Many have come to believe that the real vcitm here is not the Filipina, but the Korean, but until the investigation is over, we can’t say that this is just a fake rape claim to blackmail an innocent tourist (or foreign businessman) for money, or another poor Filipina was abused by a foreigner who thinks of her as a sex object rather than a woman worthy of respect despite the kind of job she has.
Angeles City is the most Korean-populated place in the Philippines. Although many Koreans come to Angeles to study English or put up a business, it can’t be denied that some Koreans visit the place because of its red-light district. A place in Angeles City called Fields Avenue has become a den of sex workers because of many foreigners who patronize the place. Nowadays, Korean-owned videoke bars that offer “secret service” have mushroomed in Korean Town. It is impossible not to spot a Korean with a Filipina prostitute in Angeles City’s red-light district. Many of these Koreans are married men which makes them easy targets for blackmailers.
From Korea with Love