20,000 ‘Kophinos’ abandoned in Philippines

November 1, 2013
A 21-year-old Filipino girl with her abandoned child. / MBC News

A 21-year-old Filipino girl with her abandoned child. / MBC News

By Kim, Hye-sung

Up to 20,000 Kophinos, or Korean-Filipinos, are abandoned in the Philippines, according to an MBC-TV report.

Kophinos refer to Korean-Filipinos with Korean fathers and Filipino mothers who are left behind with their mothers in the Philippines. Most of these Korean men go to the Philippines for business or travel, have sexual relations, and just go back to Korea. Shockingly, even a 16-year-old high school student is among the pregnant Filipino women.

The number of these men has soared tenfold within a mere ten years. One Filipino women’s organization official said, “Filipinos believe that all Korean men are turning Filipino women into victims. This could increase anti-Korean sentiments in the Philippines.”

One Comment

  1. Elena

    November 4, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    not only philipino woman are abandoned by koreans….

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