Aquino Asked to Back Comfort Women's Cause

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Aquino Asked to Back Comfort Women's Cause


MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino was urged Friday to bring up the case of Filipino comfort women with the Japanese government during his visit to Yokohama where he is attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.Sen. Pia Cayetano appealed to the Aquino administration to support the cause of the comfort women following reports that the President is planning to ask Congress to appropriate funds for them in order to make up for the failure of past governments to undertake such reparation.The term "comfort women" refers to the Filipino females who were forced to become sex slaves by the Japanese Imperial Army at the height of the World War II.As chairperson of the Senate Committee on Youth, Women and Family Relations, she said she has taken up the cause of comfort women in the last three Congresses but lamented the government's indifference towards their plight.In the 13th and 14th Congress, Cayetano filed a resolution directing the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to exert utmost diplomatic efforts to push for the immediate passage of a measure filed before the House of Councilors of Japan (Diet of Japan) concerning issues related to victims of war-time sexual coercion.She said she plans to re-file the resolution next week."These women who are now in the twilight of their lives have suffered in silence for decades, but still managed to gather the courage to come out and tell the whole world their story and demand justice for the dastardly acts committed against them," Cayetano said."More than half a century has passed and many of them have passed away without receiving any apologies and compensation for the trauma they suffered," she added. …

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