On Independence Day, comfort women protest PH gov’t bowing to Japanese gov’t

News Philippines Jun 22, 2018 at 4:27 pm

lila-pilipina-june-12-01MANILA – On Independence Day, June 12, members of Lila Pilipinas an organization of comfort women, Flowers4Lolas and supporters braved the rain to protest the removal of the comfort woman statue at Roxas Boulevard in Manila.

Lila Pilipina criticized the government for allowing the removal of the statue in exchange for “billions of pesos of Japanese loan and aid for government flagship projects under the administration’s Build-Build-Build program.”

The comfort woman statue was removed on April 28. It was a memoriam for comfort women who were forced to sex slavery by Japanese soldiers during World War II. The statue bore the official marker of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and was inaugurated only last December 2017.

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