Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Solons file resolution on comfort women issue (THE DAILY MANILA SHINBUN)
MANILA -- Six lawmakers signed a resolution filed on Monday by a women’s partylist group asking Japan for a formal apology and acceptance of responsibility over the sexual slavery of young women by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II.
“It has been over two decades since Filipino comfort women first found the courage to step up, reveal their ordeal and seek justice. It is indeed high time that the Philippine government take concrete steps to support our comfort women,” said Representatives Lisa Maza and Luz Ilagan of Gabriela party-list in a statement.
The resolution was also signed by Congressmen Satur Ocampo and Teddy Casino of Bayan Muna; Crispin Beltran of Anak Pawis ; Eduardo Zialcita of Paranaque and Niel Tupas of Ilo-Ilo.
”Last month, the US House Representatives has passed Resolution 121 calling on Japan to acknowledge,apologize and accept historical responsibility for its war crimes.What has the Philippine government done for our comfort women?” Maza asked.
Rep.Luzviminda Ilagan, explained that passing the resolution will help boost initiatives of Japanese legislators seeking to pass a bill entitled “Promotion of Resolution for Issues Concerning Victims of Wartime Sexual Coercion Act."