Philippines receive negative criticism from Korean Report

A South Korean lawmaker had remarked that Koreans “would have lived in a country worse than the Philippines” if a former dictator had not ruled their country, according to a recent report by The Korea Times.

The Times reported that Representative Lee Un-ju of the minor right-wing Bareunmirae Party made the statement during an interview with local newspaper Dong-A Ilbo as she was defending the economic policies of former South Korean dictator Park Chung-hee.

A succeeding report on Thursday said the matter has reached the Philippine Embassy in South Korea.

The Times said Lee had also reportedly compared Park Chung-hee to former dictators in other countries including former President Ferdinand Marcos.

She was quoted as saying “there have been many dictators across East Asia and Africa,” and that “most of them failed to develop the economy, unlike former President Park.”