We start at Korea’s National Assembly, which is set to hold its third hearing into the corruption and influence-peddling scandal surrounding President Park Geun-hye and her close friend, Choi Soon-sil. The focus this time is uncovering the truth about the whereabouts of the president during what have since been dubbed the “missing seven hours” after the Sewol-ho ferry sank on April 16th, 2014.
Sixteen witnesses will be present at parliament for the hearing. More than half work in the medical industry, including two of the president’s former personal doctors. Lawmakers are expected to quiz them over speculation that President Park was receiving beauty treatments on the day the ferry sank in waters off southwestern Korea, killing more than 300 people.
박근혜 대통령과 최순실 씨를 둘러싼 부패 및 국정농단 스캔들에 관련된 3차 국회 청문회 소식을 전해 드립니다. 이번 청문회에서는 2014년4월 16일 세월호 침몰 후 ‘세월호 7시간 의혹’으로 불리고 있는 대통령의 행방에 대한 진실을 밝히는 것에 대해 초점을 맞추었습니다.
이번 청문회에서는 16명의 증인이 출석합니다. 박 대통령의 전 주치의 2명을 포함해 절반 이상이 의료업에 종사합니다. 국회의원들은 남서부 해안에서 300명이상이 사망한 세월호 침몰 사고일 박 대통령이 미용 시술을 받았느냐는 의혹에 대해 질의할 것으로 예상됩니다.
Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (December 30, 2016)
1. Here come the so-called ‘influence-peddling doctors’, ‘injection ladies’, and ‘energetic healing ladies.’ Lee Young-sun, an administrative official, sent text messages to Jung Ho-sung, the former presidential secretary, saying, “We have an injection lady here.”
After all, she received illegal treatment in Cheong Wa Dae. This sucks. Really.
2. The return of the girl statue provokes controversy as the Dong District confiscated the statue after civic groups erected in front of the Japanese Consulate in Busan. The district says it will keep the statue until the end of the year, but the groups argue that the municipality does not have any reason to keep the statue.
So the district says that erecting the girl statue is illegal? Well, it was unlawful for people to hail national independence of Korea during the Japanese colonial period.
Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (December 27, 2016)
1. The Supreme Court in South Korea plans to broadcast the trial of Choi Soon-sil and culprits of power-peddling influence live across the country. By meeting the expectation of the whole nation, the highest court plans to broadcast the trial live as it is more than a public trial.
The trial must be much more fun than the parliamentary hearing. The program will record the highest viewing rate.
Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (December 26, 2016)
1. With President Park Geun-hye’s impeachment trial in the Constitutional Court, getting to the constitution, which used to be an expert’s field, has become a hot issue in Korea. Korean citizens who were enraged by the massive corruption scandal by President Park and her close friend Choi Soon-sil began studying the Korean law as they believed that Park and Choi violated national sovereignty.
The constitution should be included in the academic curriculum. Everyone knows article one and two of the Korean constitution, right?
Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (December 23, 2016)
1. The Constitutional Court of Korea called on President Park Geun-hye to explain her alleged seven-hour absence during the Sewol disaster. The court also asked Park to elucidate an hour-by-hour account of what official and private work she was during the first seven hours when the ferry sank.
She probably does not remember. She must be either sleepy or semiconscious.
2. German prosecutors said they would offer to help the investigation team led by special prosecutor Park Young-soo amid the team is in the process of forcibly summoning Jeong Yoo-ra. They are in the course of investigating Choi Soon-sil’’s involvement in money laundering through their company in Germany.
Jeong once said having wealthy parents is one of her capabilities. Shen will end up in jail because of her parents.
Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (December 22, 2016)
1. There is growing speculation that President Park Geun-hye’s close friend Choi Soon-sil who is detained in the Seoul detention center is receiving preferential treatment as she is allocated to a room where she can watch TV. The room does provide not only free-to-air television channels but also cable TV channel programs.
Is she also influence-peddling in the detention center? I almost forgot. She is as same as the president. What da heck!
2. Choi Soon-sil argued that Jeong Yoo-ra is innocent as the investigation team led by special prosecutor Park Young-soo issued an arrest warrant. Choi’s lawyer Lee Kyung-jae said that people could criticize Jeong’s admission to Ehwa Women’s University and academic curriculum management but basically, she is not guilty. The whole nation just wants to criticize her.”
He just poured oil on public anger. Public sentiment on Jeong is as similar as dismemberment.
3. Famous musician Richard Marx said via Twitter that an unruly passenger caused trouble by attacking flight attendants and other passengers. Marx added that the Korean Air should be sanctioned as airline staff were ill-trained to handle the situation
Did the ‘psycho’ passenger behave erratically because the crew did not peel peanuts? Korean Air should change their company name first.
Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (December 21, 2016)
1. The former presidential senior secretary for Civil Affairs Woo Byung-woo was found to contact the investigation team in Gwangju District Public Prosecutor’s Office and exercised external power on the ‘Sewol Ferry’ probe in June 2014. The special investigation team led by Park Young-soo, the special prosecutor, opened an investigation based on charges of ‘abuse of power and obstruction of the exercise of rights.’
Woo who crossed his arms will wear handcuffs soon.
2. Park Won-soon, the mayor of Seoul, harshly criticized the National Intelligence Service, saying, “I will overhaul the organization first as soon as I become the president of the Republic of Korea.” The Seoul mayor, one of opposition parties’ presidential runners, first revealed his aspiration to become the future leader of the country by mentioning the word “president.”
I hope there are many presidential election pledges that people can share. Whoever becomes the president, somebody gotta overhaul the National Intelligence. Fingers crossed!