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MANILA - Following the recent agreement reached with South Korea, a group of Filipino "comfort women" said Japan should also formally apologize to and compensate Filipino wartime sex slaves.

Lila Pilipina Executive Director Rechilda Extremadura renewed the call on Japan as she criticized the Aquino administration for its lack of political will to fight for justice for Filipino comfort women, who are now mostly in their '80s.

"There's acceptance from the Japanese government so it has a very positive effect to the struggle being waged by Filipino comfort women especially since the Philippine government is doing nothing about this issue," Extremadura said.

"We are still clamoring for justice for these women. If they can do it to Koreans, they should do it to Filipina comfort women, Indonesian comfort women, and other comfort women all over Asia," she added.

The group is planning to launch activities in time for the visit of Japanese Emperor Akihito to Manila next year from January 26 to 30.

The emperor will be in Manila to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and the Philippines. It will be the first official visit by a Japanese emperor to the Philippines.

Estimates on the number of comfort women in Southeast Asia during the war vary from a low of 20,000 to a high of 200,000. Many of them were from the countries Japan occupied, including Korea and the Philippines.

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