For too long the National Youth Commission (NYC) has been used by various administrations as training ground for next-gen storm troopers. So it was a pleasant surprise to find an NYC Holy Week email asking Filipinos to “Remember Stories of Comfort Women” while celebrating Araw ng Kagitingan.
A statement from NYC Chairman Leon Flores III says:
“Sa darating na Araw ng Kagitingan, kinikilala rin ng NYC ang ating mga lolas at ang kanilang kagitingan at lakas noong Japanese occupation. Mahalaga na ating malaman ang kanilang mga kuwento, kung paano sila inabuso, sinaktan, ginahasa at pinilahan ng mga sundalong hapon sa mga ‘comfort stations’. Hanggang ngayon, wala pa silang nakakamit na hustisya at marami sa kanila ang namatay na. Alamin natin ang kanilang mga kwento bilang pagpapahalaga sa kasaysayan.”
(As we celebrate the Day of Valour, NYC also acknowledges the courage of our grandmothers during the Japanese occupation. It is important that we appreciate their narratives of horror and humiliation – how they were abused, raped and harmed in the comfort stations. Until now, they have not attained justice and several of them have already passed away. Let us value our history by knowing their stories.)
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