Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (March 8, 2017)
1. There are speculations over Korea’s Constitutional Court as it did not announce when it was going to give its ruling in the impeachment trial against President Park Geun-hye on the 7th of March. Sources say that the justices cannot decide the date due to the difference of opinions or they may have reasons that they cannot announce despite the fact that they already reached their verdict.
Koreans should probably have another candlelight vigil. We will go to the end even though we are exhausted.
2. When Woo Byung-woo became the Senior Secretary for Civil Affairs, there was circumstantial evidence that his bank account had hundreds of millions of won, deposited by Korean conglomerates. The source of money could be a legal fee, considering Woo’s job as a lawyer but there was a possibility that he could be bribed since it was deposited after he became the presidential secretary.
If asked, Woo will probably say he does not remember whether it was legal fee or bribe. I am not sure whether prosecutors make him remember.
3. Only 83 (1.42%) middle and high schools in Korea decided to use the government-launched textbooks as class supplements. After they had failed to designate research school, the Ministry of Education was unable to save their face as the desperate measure which encouraged schools to use the textbooks as supplements did not work out.
I would say 1.42% was indeed a great achievement. Congratulations, officials of the Ministry of Education.