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Raped Filipino worker tries to stay in South Korea

July 12th, 2006 . by Matt

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A group of OFW’s (Overseas Filipino Wokers) that were sent to South Korea

A Filipino worker that was raped and beaten by an stranger identified as a Korean man in South Korea has vowed revenge (according to the headline of the article) and said she would stay in South Korea to get justice.

THE Negrense overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in South Korea who was raped and left badly beaten vowed to fight back the legal way.

A staff from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Manila told Sun.Star Bacolod Wednesday night, that the Negrense begged OWWA Administrator Marianito Roque for her continued stay in Korea until justice is given her.

The Negrense, who hails from Hinigaran town, was working at a vehicle spare parts factory in Chungnam Asansi of Dunloppo Myum, Sanjan in RI-149 Bugo Engineering, 336-873 RO Korea.

At about 9:30 p.m. of July 2, just as she was coming out of her boarding house to buy something to wear for her birthday, she was allegedly attacked and raped by a still unidentified Korean.

She fought and survived but was severely injured and is still being confined at a hospital in South Korea.

According to OWWA, the Negrense OFW will have to stay for six more weeks in the hospital before she can be declared as totally recuperated.

“She’s still very optimistic to gain strength so as to attend to her case personally. She’s extra-ordinary and we salute her for her courage and optimism,” the OWWA staff said.

But, the victim’s parents are getting worried of their daughter’s situation.

They will be sending their son to Korea to attend to their daughter’s need while confined in the hospital.

Filipino politicians have promised to help, including from a region of the Philippines that has an interesting name.

Fifth District Representative Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo Jr. of Negros Occidental also vowed to give some assistance to the victim’s brother in terms of room accommodation in South Korea.

The Daily Star goes into greater detail –

The Negrense woman who was allegedly raped in South Korea had suffered from such a brutal beating that her jaw was fractured and she survived only when she played dead and was stuffed in a large culvert pipe by her attacker.

This was disclosed yesterday by the parents of the 30-year-old Hinigaranon, whose name is being withheld by the DAILY STAR, who said she was attacked and raped at about 9:30 p.m. on July 2 and remains in a hospital in South Korea.

She also sustained wounds in her ears, lost three teeth, was boxed in the stomach that caused swelling, while her arms bore rope marks and her legs had injuries, her father said. Even my daughter could not believe that she would survive what happened to her, which lasted from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., the father said.

She told her parents she does not want to return home because she wants to ensure that she gets justice for what happened to her.

A very nasty attack. Of course, abuse of Filipino workers is nothing new. It happens in South Korea, it happens in countries in the Middle East and Malaysia. The problem is apparently so rife that it is damaging diplomatic relations between the Philipines and other countries.


20 Responses to “Raped Filipino worker tries to stay in South Korea”

  1. comment number 1 by: James

    That is pretty horrible. I am wondering how they plan on finding this unidentified Korean male? Hopefully they can keep the story in the press long enough to bring attention to the abuse of Filipino laborers.

  2. comment number 2 by: Matt

    James, no one else was writing about this, which is why I did. I wonder if it has appeared in the Korean news.

  3. comment number 3 by: KimchiPie

    I suspect even if the Korean guy admits it, he will blame her and not be punished. I have met dozens of women that have been raped. Its far more common in Korea then in places like USA Canada and Japan. But it goes unreported. Its pretty common. That is part of the reason why almost every window below the 3rd floor has bars on it and guards are all nearly all apartment buildings. Without such things rape and robery would reach nearly 100 %.

  4. comment number 4 by: empraptor

    Hope she finds the attacker.

    KimchiPie, 100% of what?

  5. comment number 5 by: saku

    From the linked Article:

    According to a 1998 survey submitted by the U.S. Congress, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait “stand out as the places where overseas Filipinas suffered most human rights abuses,” Rosales said.

    From Matt:

    A very nasty attack. Of course, abuse of Filipino workers is nothing new. It happens in South Korea, it happens in countries in the Middle East and Malaysia.

    Is it a case of selected editing or an oversight perhaps that some countries are present in one list but absent from the other?

  6. comment number 6 by: ponta

    Hi Saku
    Obviously,Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan are present in the linked article,but absent from the other.
    I am ashamed that I don’t know much about how filipino workers are being abused in Japan,but if there are problems,there should be measures to prevent it.

    But is it a case of selected editing?
    Freudian unconcious desire?
    Repression of Honk Kong, Singapore,Japan?because of
    Matt’s traumatic memory in these countries?

    When Matt said,

    The problem is apparently so rife that it is damaging diplomatic relations between the Philipines and other countries.

    did he mean the relation between the Philipines and other countries except Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan? but stupidly put up the link?

    Or is it a conspiracy to defend HongKong,Singapre,and Japan? but did he unwisely put up the link?

    Suppose omitting Hongkong,Singapore,Japan prove he is pro-Hongkong,pro-Singapore,pro-Japan.
    How does it related to the topics?
    Because he is pro-Hongkong,pro-Singapore,pro-Japan,this case of korean raping a Filipino worker.and abuse of Filipino workers in the countries mentioned above are what?

    Or maybe it is not Matt’s selecetive editing,but is it a case of saku’s selective attention? “Damn,Honk Kong, Singapore,Japan are as bad as Korea ! I want to hear these countries mentioned as badly as Korea”.Is that it?
    What if Matt wrote “It happens in South Korea, it happens in such countries as Honk Kong, Singapore,Japan.Did you comment in the same way?

    I am sorry but I am not sure what your point is.
    (Maybe you just want to comment anyway?)

  7. comment number 7 by: Matt

    The last link in my post should be seen as supporting my claim that “The problem is apparently so rife that it is damaging diplomatic relations between the Philipines and other countries.” The “other countries” are the ones listed in the link. No one is stupid here – if I wanted to cover it up, I would not have included the link.

    I think what we have here is a selective case of nitpicking.

    By the way, Saku just happens to be the troll with the username of ‘nig’ that posted a threat to me online before. Havent you had enough of stalking? I was able to trace your IP back to your company. If you like I can discuss your online habits with your boss, and will definitely do so if you continue to troll me or otherwise harrass me. You lost any chance of discussion the moment you threatened violence.

  8. comment number 8 by: wally4media

    I’m still waiting for an answer to empraptor’s question to be answered. He asked Kimchiepie, “100% of what?”

    Well? 100% of what?

    Matt, does Kimchiepie’s comment go on your “Hall of Shame” or do only people who disagree with you go there? You keep complaining that all Koreans have this complete, hard line tendency to hate all Japanese, and then you prove it by going out of your way to find every thing you can find that casts some negative light on Korea.
    Utterly transparent.

    Well, does Kimchiepie get called “a troll” and his “100%” comment get posted to the “Hall of Shame”? Well?

    Matt wrote:

    “By the way, Saku just happens to be the troll ‘nig’ that posted a threat to me online before. Havent you had enough of stalking? I was able to trace your IP back to your company. If you like I can discuss your online habits with your boss, and will definitely do so if you continue to troll me or otherwise harrass me. You lost any chance of discussion the moment you threatened violence.”

    Good luck on that. Any luck with Wikipedia “vandalizism” yet, or do you just threaten action you can’t back up? Give Bill O’Reilly a call — he has this idea that he has a personal police force that will take forceful action against anyone he disagrees with. Maybe they can help you too, but all Bill got was ridicule from others.

    But good luck, though…. still waiting on a reply to that “100%” quote by Kimchiepie. Me? I think you lose any chance of serious discussion when you constantly and reapeatedly show an extreme bias.

    But, just take that as a suggestion.

  9. comment number 9 by: Matt

    wally4media, since you have not posted before, and you seem to be supporting threats, I see no reason to keep you around. It is not like you are going to contribute to discussion anyway. Goodbye, troll.

    Edit: Both saku and wally4media are probably the same person (which means they are both the troll with the username of ‘nig’). wally4media posted his comment through a softbank proxy, which is a pretty good indication that he wanted to cover up his identity.

  10. comment number 10 by: tomato

    Matt>

    so you can confirm where we are posting from? even company/institution names?

  11. comment number 11 by: bad_moon_rising

    According to NationMaster here are the nations with the highest per capita reported incidences of rape.

    #1 South Africa 1.19538 per 1,000 people
    #2 Seychelles 0.788294 per 1,000 people
    #3 Australia 0.777999 per 1,000 people
    #4 Montserrat 0.749384 per 1,000 people
    #5 Canada 0.733089 per 1,000 people
    #6 Jamaica 0.476608 per 1,000 people
    #7 Zimbabwe 0.457775 per 1,000 people
    #8 Dominica 0.34768 per 1,000 people
    #9 United States 0.301318 per 1,000 people
    #10 Iceland 0.246009 per 1,000 people
    #11 Papua New Guinea 0.233544 per 1,000 people
    #12 New Zealand 0.213383 per 1,000 people
    #13 United Kingdom 0.142172 per 1,000 people
    #14 Spain 0.140403 per 1,000 people
    #15 France 0.139442 per 1,000 people
    #16 Korea, South 0.12621 per 1,000 people
    #17 Mexico 0.122981 per 1,000 people
    #18 Norway 0.120836 per 1,000 people
    #19 Costa Rica 0.118277 per 1,000 people
    #20 Venezuela 0.115507 per 1,000 people

    #54 Japan 0.017737 per 1,000 people
    #55 Hong Kong 0.0150746 per 1,000 people

    South Korea has a fairly high per capita number for reported incidence of rape when compared with other Asian nations but the numbers aren’t so bad when compared to African and English speaking countries.
    http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_rap_percap-crime-rapes-per-capita

  12. comment number 12 by: Matt

    Matt>

    so you can confirm where we are posting from? even company/institution names?

    Sometimes.

  13. comment number 13 by: empraptor

    I’m pretty sure Matt could find out our locations down to city/town level and find hostnames that correspond to our IP addresses without any trouble.

    Which reminds me I should probably reserve a browser and set it up to use a proxy. No good reason to keep giving away infomation about myself online.

  14. comment number 14 by: Katz

    #3 Australia 0.777999 per 1,000 people

    I’m sure that immorality in these countries are pretty normal too.

  15. comment number 15 by: Sonagi

    South Korea has a fairly high per capita number for reported incidence of rape when compared with other Asian nations but the numbers aren’t so bad when compared to African and English speaking countries.

    The key word is “reported.” Since rape invokes enormous shame in many countries and often goes unreported, it is difficult to make comparisons.

  16. comment number 16 by: bad_moon_rising

    To get a more accurate assessment of lawlessness, it might be better to look at the murder rate. A woman might not report a rape but if someone is killed people usually call the police and most police departments accurately record all murders, although corrupt police might not always look for the murderer. Murders (per capita) by country:

    #24 United States 0.042802 per 1,000 people

    #38 Korea, South 0.0196336 per 1,000 people
    #43 Australia 0.0150324 per 1,000 people
    #44 Canada 0.0149063 per 1,000 people
    #46 United Kingdom 0.0140633 per 1,000 people
    #52 New Zealand 0.0111524 per 1,000 people
    #55 Ireland 0.00946215 per 1,000 people
    #59 Hong Kong 0.00550804 per 1,000 people
    #60 Japan 0.00499933 per 1,000 people

    You can see the rest of the list at NationMaster – Murders (per capita) by country.

    The rate of murder in South Korea is higher than that of most English speaking nations (except the US) and about quadruple that of Japan’s but less than half that of the United States’ murder rate.

  17. comment number 17 by: Sonagi

    Murder is a different crime than rape. There are many reasons why the US has such a high murder rate, and two distinguish it from South Korea:

    1) lack of restrictions on handgun ownership

    2) roaring illegal drug trade

    Any police dept. in the States will tell you that a large number of murders are clustered in a few dangerous neighborhoods where gangs sell drugs. These neighborhoods simply don’t exist in Korea.

    I noticed that Korea’s murder rate is higher than other Western countries with drugs but no guns. I would guess that many of these murders in Korea are unplanned acts of rage. I witnessed a lot of road rage type punch-ups between middle-aged Korean men while living in Korea, and other foreigners and I often commented that if Koreans were allowed to own handguns, its murder rate would rival that of the United States.

  18. comment number 18 by: Sonagi

    I did a search of major Korean media websites – Korea Times, Korea Herald, Chosun Ilbo, Donga Ilbo, and Hankyeoreh Shinmun – none of them reported this story. Interestingly, the Chosun Ilbo did find space to report on a rape of a Filipina in the Philippines by US soldiers, yet apparently, if a Filipina in Korea is raped, beaten severely, and left for dead, that is not news. Of course, if the victim had been a Korean woman and the suspect a foreigner, the crime would have been covered in all the papers. If the suspect had been a GI, then there’d be demonstrations. This is not the first time the Korean media have ignored a crime committed by a Korean against a foreigner. An EPIK (EPIK is Korea’s version of JET) teacher was stabbed to death by a Korean man who “didn’t want foreigners teaching Korean children.” In the US, this would be classified as a hate crime. In Korea, it wasn’t newsworthy.

  19. comment number 19 by: Matt

    An EPIK (EPIK is Korea’s version of JET) teacher was stabbed to death by a Korean man who “didn’t want foreigners teaching Korean children.”

    Whoa, are your serious? I never heard of that one.

  20. comment number 20 by: Sonagi

    Yes. It’s not surprising you’d never heard about it since it was publicized only indirectly in one English paper through a letter to the editor from a grieving colleague. Over at GI Korea’s blog, the entry on the rape of the Filipina includes a link to a horrific account by a Western rape victim who was mistreated by the police and turned away from two hospitals before a third reluctantly accepted her. She was fired by her employer for posting wanted posters around the neighborhood. While living in Korea a few years back, I had heard of a similar case of an American rape victim who was mistreated by the police and fired from her job. To be fair, Korean rape victims get the same mysogynistic treatment from the cops.

    What bothers me is not that these crimes exist, but that there is a huge double standard towards crime coverage in the Korean media:

    Crimes committed by foreigners are sensationalized if the victim is Korean. The list of examples is endless. If the victim is another foreigner, the press will still cover it, like the Jamie Penich case.

    Crimes committed by Koreans against foreigners are usually not covered unless the victim is a US soldier or dependent. The reason is that crimes involving US military personnel or dependents are publicized in Stars and Stripes; since foreigners already know about the crime, the Korean media will cover the story, often showing the Korean suspect in more favorable and the foreign victim in less favorable light. An excellent example is the murder of the US military doctor. The Korean papers described the Korean murderer as “mentally unstable” and then treated as fact his claim that the doctor, walking down an alley with a friend, had ‘started it’ by insulting this Korean man who was a total stranger.