70 years after Korean War: South Korea, PHL unites again vs new enemy COVID-19

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Today, June 25 Korea commemorating the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War, South Korea Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-Man said in a statement published on Philippine Star.

“On June 25, 1950, Korea was mired into a war by the hostile North, which took millions of lives and immeasurable sufferings. And yet, the Korean War would have ended more badly if not for the invaluable support of the countries under the United Nations Command, such as the Philippines,” Ambassador Han said.

He noted that without the “noble sacrifice of every individual who fought side-by-side with Korean soldiers, today’s Korea would not be enjoying freedom, peace and prosperity under a stable democracy.”

“The Philippines, which was then still recovering from the ravages of World War II, was the first Asian nation to send its troops to Korea. From 1950 to 1955, a total of 7,420 members of the Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea (PEFTOK) showed extraordinary courage and dedication to duty that contributed to the victory of South Korea and its allies,” he said.

He said that the sacrifice and bravery of PEFTOK members laid a solid foundation for an enduring friendship between Korea and the Philippines.

“Just as the Philippines came to our aid during the Korean War, Korea is now extending its hands, not only by the government but also numerous Korean companies as well as Korean communities here, ranging from COVID-19 test kits, personal protective equipment, rice and other daily necessities, to help the Philippine government comprehensively cope with the pandemic and I have confidence that the Philippines will be able to overcome the hurdles that lie ahead,” he said.

“I am confident that we will, like in the past, prevail with the solid friendship and alliance that has become the foundation of our bilateral relationship,” Ambassador Han said.