Republic of Korea (South Korea) President Moon Jae-in during his bilateral summit with President Rodrigo Duterte at Cheong Wa Dae (Blue House) in Seoul, South Korea on June 4 recognized the bravery of Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea (PEFTOK).
More that 7500 Filipino troops were sent as part of United Nations Command (UNC) established to support South Korea during and after the Korean War.
“The Republic of Korea and the Philippines are very special friends. The Philippines was the first amongst Southeast Asian countries to establish diplomatic relations with Korea,” Moon said during a joint press briefing with President Duterte after their summit meeting.
“No less than 7,500 Filipino soldiers participated in the Korean War, shed blood with us to safeguard freedom and save lives. Our bilateral relations have developed on this solid foundation,” the Korean leader said.
He added that today the Philippines is a key partner in his administration’s New Southern Policy.