@ycinhawaii (USA) Agreed.
I think Ms. Pak (팍) is apologizing for the government's response. The ferry had 3 times more cargo weight than listed, an inexperienced 3rd mate was at the helm, and there may have been a steering problem. There's too many factors to take into consideration before Ms. Pak could be at fault. Ms. Pak could only be held responsible for the government's actions.
Why is the president apologizing. What does the tragedy got to do with her.
The ferry tragedy is entirely man-made, thus avoidable. Responsibility goes to the owner and operators of the ship. The blame should be directed at the owner and the operators. It is preposterous for the opposing politicians demand for the Pres. Park to apologize. Its not her policy to brought this disaster. Its high time for all Koreans to pay attention to and obey the basic safety rules in daily living and try not to circumvent. I feel so sad to see this disaster unfolding. We got to learn the lesson hard way and begin to think about changing the culture of hurry, hurry and safety laxness.
I sincerely hope Arirang program to include civic lessons in regard to the safety rules and public behaviors.