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By Xinhua in Manila | China Daily | Updated:2017-01-13 08:00 
Protester Remedios Dayalino (second right) is joined by fellow “comfort women” at a demonstration in front of the Japanese embassy in Manila.Ted Aljibe / Agence FrancepresseFilipino “comfort women” staged a protest on Thursday in front of the Japanese Embassy in Manila ahead of the visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.The protesters urged Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to raise their plight in his meeting with Abe, who will visit Manila and Davao, Dutertes home city.Duterte, who visited Japan in October last year, will welcome Abe at the Malacanang presidential palace, where a state banquet is planned, Dutertes office said.”We call on Duterte not to forget to bring up with Abe the still unaddressed demands by our fast aging and diminishing lolas (grandmothers) for a formal apology from the (Japanese) government to all Asian comfort women and restitution for the hurt they inflicted on thousands of women,” said Rechilda Extremadura, executive director of Lila Pilipina, an organization that supports World War II comfort women.”Our lolas also want Duterte to resist renewing the possibilities of letting new Japanese troops conduct exercises, train local security forces and make bases in our country to avoid another brutal campaign of war and pillage.”She also criticized previous Philippine administrations, accusing them of ignoring the plight of the Filipino women who were forced to work in Japanese military brothels as sex slaves during World War II.Gabriela, a womens organization, also warned Duterte not to ditch the “comfort women” issue in favor of economic aid.”Duterte should not take the so-called aid and loans as cosmetic beams to paper over the cries of comfort women for genuine justice and recognition,” said Joms Salvador, secretary-general of Gabriela.Like Bayan and Lila Pilipina, Gabriela also raised alarm over Japans plan “to return to its aggressive wartime stance”.Dwindling numberLila Pilipina (League of Filipino Women) has documented 174 “comfort women” who have gone public since the early 1990s. Only 70 of them remain alive, including Bustamante.Another group, the Malaya Lolas (Free Grandmothers), has documented 90 but the number has since dwindled to 33.Both groups are demanding official apology, just compensation, and inclusion of the comfort women issue in Japans historical accounts and textbooks.The Philippine government has so far avoided discussion of the issue in bilateral talks with Japan. PhotoSpring Festival season: Fighting for a ticket homeHigh-speed, high-tech: Alleviating travelers during Spring Festival travel rushPhotographer captures amazing moments in natureHeading home for the holidaysChunyun: The largest human migration in the worldTen photos from around China: Jan 6 – 12LatestSpring Festival season: Fighting for a ticket homeHigh-speed, high-tech: Alleviating travelers during Spring Festival travel rushBeijing tourists spend big on tripsDidi predicts more carpools for Chinese New Year migrationGlobal exchange program looks to spur scientific collaborationState Council NewsState Council rules bring more benefits to disabled peopleSpecial: economic development in 2016ExclusiveHigh-speed, high-tech: Alleviating travelers during Spring Festival travel rushChunyun: The largest human migration in the worldYear in Review: China in 2016Editors picksLooking to crack the unwritten codeUS Ambassador Baucus bids farewell to ChinaTen photos you dont wanna missTen photos from around China: Jan 6 – 12SpecialDiscovering FujianYear in Review: China in 2016BACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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