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Marriage is not for the individual but rather for the desire of the family. If one decides to get married, they must get consent from the whole family. In the past it was generally considered a taboo for a man and a woman to marry if they both have the same last name from the same ancestor. From this cultural influence, the article 809 of the Korean Civil code regulated marriages within a clan in the past, considering it as a type of exogamy . However, the Korean Constitutional Court found this piece of legislation unconstitutional and asked for an amendment by the legislative branch in a 1997 decision. Five judges found it unconstitutional and two asked for amendment by the legislative branch, whereas another two opposed the outcome of this decision. The court specifically asked the legislative branch to amend the current civil code article 809 paragraph 1 by the end of 1998, and hold further adjudication of this legislation. However, with the legislative branch not providing an additional legislation to oppose the decision by the Constitutional Court, the decision was set to be final, allowing the people within the same ancestral clan to marry each other.

After their civil wedding and the honeymoon, for which she  claimed she was raped, the Korean left to take care of some documents and returned to the Philippines after two months to get her. When she told the Korean that she does not want to go with him to Korea, he demanded 700,000 PHP  (almost 17,000 USD) from her in exchange for all his expenses and efforts. That was when she decided to call the authorities.


Korean matchmaking tradition

Korean matchmaking tradition