Monday, April 30, 2018

Duterte supporting the removal of the Comfort Woman statue out of respect to the Japanese.



President Rodrigo Duterte and “comfort woman” statue on Roxas Boulevard, photo from Philippines Lifestyle News
President Rodrigo Duterte defended the removal of the “comfort woman” statue on Roxas Boulevard that was only noticed after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) removed the seven-foot statue in order to make way for their drainage improvement project.

The statue served as a reminder for the crimes against the Filipinas that were used as sex slaves by the Japanese soldiers during the colonizing period of the Philippines. And for that reason it was supported and criticized.

According to Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Arlene Brosas,

"Why should we be the one to adjust just so we don't piss off Japan? The comfort woman statue was erected along Roxas Boulevard precisely to remind future generations and the public of what Filipina sex slaves went through under Japanese occupation...”

She was pertaining to the fact that President Rodrigo Duterte wants transfer the statue to private property instead of having it publicly since it not only reminds us of the sacrifices of the Filipinas but also the incredibly sensitive history that those Filipinas wanted to forget.

”If you want to place in a private property, fine. But do not use... Because that issue for... insofar as I'm concerned, tapos na 'yan," Duterte stated.
“Masakit kasi ulit- ulitin mo na tuloy. And you start to imagine how they were treated badly," the President added.

Other than the sensitivity of the information that the statue represents, Duterte also considered the fact that this statue has been negatively affecting the current Japanese tourists and locals in the Philippines.

Duterte stated that,

"The Japanese has paid early for that. 'Yung reparation started many years ago. So huwag na lang natin insultuhin. But if there is what you would call a memorial for an injustice committed at one time, it's all right."

The statue also represents the shameful past of the ancestors of the currently living Japanese, with the time that has passed, it is time to let go of such sensitive history.
"The Japanese government and people would understand it that there is democracy here, freedom of expression is very important. But do not use government because it would reflect now on --- kung ginusto ba natin. It's practically the same in South Korea, ‘yung comfort women. Pero so much water has passed,” Duterte added.

Yet Brosas made it clear that this is not enough, that,

"We need to address the historical injustice against them and counter Japan's revisionist take on WWII history."

This was countered by the President by stating that japan has already apologized for they’ve done and have also provided with the reparations that they were less than obligated to give.

Source: gmanetwork.com