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Feature: Former Filipino sex slave denounces removal of "comfort woman" statue
Philippines: Monument to WW II sex slaves removed, sparking outrage | News | DW |
I felt insulted," said Estelita Dy, 88, whose voice was cracking with emotion. Dy is one of the few surviving Filipino women who were forced to work as sex slave in Japanese military brothels during World War II. She said on Thursday that she was devastated by the decision to remove the statue that depicts their long-standing demand for justice. The statue was removed on April 27, less than five months after it was erected, on the eve of her 88th birthday. I felt I was stabbed in the back again.
Manila City Hall said in a statement that the bronze statue of a blindfolded Filipina, unveiled alongside Manila Bay in December, will be returned once drainage work is completed. It gave no time frame for the project, alarming activists who suspect that the Japanese government pressured the Philippines to take the monument down. That's why it's shameful, so shameful," said Teresita Ang See, co-founding president of a Chinese Filipino group.
Inside, the emperor of Japan was being welcomed by local dignitaries, and the woman, Hilaria Bustamante, wanted him to know her story. She was walking along a provincial road in , during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines , she said, when she was abducted by three Japanese soldiers who threw her into a truck and beat her. She was She was taken to a nearby Japanese garrison and put into a shack with three other women.