No to drunk-driving Korean diplomat

DECENT Korean people may not be too happy to find out their diplomat in the Philippines figured in an early morning car accident because he was  driving while drunk..

Korean diplomat Young Il Choi, according to a  police report, was reeking with liquor when the mishap occurred in Makati after midnight on March 23 this year.

The Korean embassy in the Philippines should even be furious when they discover the vehicle used by Choi is a Toyota Fortuner with diplomatic plate number 22494.

I now wonder how the Korean government deals with a diplomat who is supposed to give the highest representation of its people but turns out to one that could be actually bringing shame to their country.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) should now take a look at the matter to find out if Choi still deserves the kind of courtesy our government extends to foreign envoys.

If the police report would be considered, the DFA should even consider requesting the Korean government to recall Choi, if he is still in the Philippines,  because aside from being a threat to the safety of motorists and pedestrians in our country, he is unfit to perform his job of representing the Korean people to Filipinos given his behavior during and after the accident.

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The Korean Energy Agency (KEA) recently co-hosted the Asian Clean Energy Forum with the Asian Development Bank and the United States Agency for International Development.
But the KEA is under fire because South Korea remains an adamant supporter of coal despite the growing endorsement for renewable energy sources.

South Korea, which owns 51 percent of Korea Electric Power Corporation, is responsible for  two coal power projects in Cebu alone, the Center for Energy, Ecology, and Development (CEED) said.

On the other hand , South Korea Engineering & Construction is proposing to invest $2 billion in Quezon province with its proposal to build a coal-fired power plant and expand its local operations, CEED executive director Gerry Arances said.

Governments and investors need to realize that coal is a sunset industry, the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) said.

Continuing to invest in coal-based power, given the current context of falling renewable energy costs and shifting policy landscape in response to the climate crisis, runs the risk of producing stranded assets,” FDC executive director Zeena Manglinong said.

“If this happens, and there is a great likelihood it will, ordinary citizens might end up paying for the losses associated with them. We must not forget that in the Philippines we are still paying for stranded debt and stranded contract costs under EPIRA,” she said.

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