No more foreign troops | WW II comfort women mark International Memorial Day

MANILA — Lila Pilipina, an organization of Filipina comfort women, trooped to the Japan and US embassies yesterday to commemorate the International Memorial Day for Comfort Women –which was declared in a resolution passed during the 11th Asian Solidarity Conference in Taiwan but has yet to be recognized by the United Nations.

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The group, together with members of Gabriela, protested the resurgence of US militarism in the country through the Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).

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Gabriela Secretary General Joms Salvador said yesterday that the increasing US military presence does not only attract war aggression but also forced prostitution and sexual slavery.

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Meanwhile, Rechilda Extremadura, executive director of Lila Pilipina, expressed her and the lolas’ concern on the possible birth of new generation of comfort women after the EDCA has been signed.

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“The lolas have experienced war and know that life was hell for them especially with the wartime sexual slavery that they were dragged into.” (

Text and photos by Anne Ednalyn dela Cruz

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