Via Inquirer.net: South Korea keeps its word, sends more than 500 soldiers to help Leyte town. Excerpt:
Shouts of their battle cry “fighting” filled the air at the tarmac of the Mactan Air Base at 1:30 on Friday afternoon when 300 South Korean soldiers, in military uniform and backpacks, disembarked from a Korean Air plane.
Another 229 soldiers arrived earlier, around 9 a.m. on Friday, on board two South Korean Navy landing ships that docked at the Cebu International Port. The two ships, LST682 Bi ro bong and LST685 Sung in Bong, carried equipment for reconstruction and medical mission.
The 529 soldiers from South Korea came prepared to take on the task of reconstruction of the “Yolanda”-devastated Tanauan town in Leyte province.
Col. Chul Won-lee, who led the 300 South Korean Army soldiers, said they came to show their gratitude to the Philippines for being there for them during the Korean War in the 1950s.
“The Korean government and the Koreans and all the Araw members significantly remember the great help that the Philippine government and its people have given to Korea in its most difficult time,” he said.
They called their contingent “Araw” to give hope to Yolanda survivors, Colonel Lee explained.
“To Korea, the Philippines is a friend nation and the first country to participate in the Korean War and helped us defend our freedom and peace,” he added.