MANILA, Philippines – Various organizations joined the #Flowers4Lolas campaign in Roxas Boulevard to pay tribute to Filipino comfort women coinciding with the commemoration of the Independence Day today, June 12.
However, the group had to lay the wreaths before a still photo placed at the site in lieu of the symbolic statue of a comfort woman which was removed on April 27, 2018, to pave way for a drainage system project.
Despite the removal of the statue, the group in a statement said the #Flower4Lolas campaign “raises awareness to the plea of comfort women for recognition, for apology and for reparations” as they also played part in the history of the country.
The group reiterated its call for the “re-installation of the statue and for the Philippine government to uphold the truth” and “stand up for the nation’s dignity amidst the pressures of the Japanese government.” – Rey Pelayo
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