Recently, another Philippine statue commemorating Filipino “comfort women” has been removed. As international pressure is rising, it is time for Abe government to acknowledge its wartime history. Most of Japan recognizes it.
In December 2017, a memorial was erected along the Roxas Boulevard facing Manila Bay. It commemorated the Filipino “comfort women”, who were forced to work as sexual slave labor in Japanese military brothels during World War II.
In late April 2018, after Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it was “extremely regrettable” such statues were erected, the Department of Public Works removed the statue. As Japan has an important role in infrastructure investment, President Duterte suggested the statue could be placed in a private property.
On December 28, another statue for the former “comfort women” was installed in a Catholic-run shelter for the elderly and the homeless in San Pedro, Laguna. After the Japanese embassy in Manila stated such statues were “extremely disappointing, not compatible with the Japanese government,” the statue was removed two days later.
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The original commentary was published by The Manila Times on January 14, 2019
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