Flowers for Lolas: Filipina comfort women say No To War

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 05/01/2024

“We will continue to renounce war because we do not want the next generation to experience what we went through.” Filipina comfort woman Lola Estelita Dy celebrated her 94th birthday in a press conference  that coincided with the anniversary…

Flowers for Lolas: Japan used economic assistance to avoid the comfort women issue

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 08/02/2023

Japan seeks to avoid the international issue of comfort women in the Philippines and other countries, including China, Taiwan, and South Korea through the Overseas Development Aid (ODA) as economic assistance. This was the response of Lila…

Flowers for Lolas: Accurate historical inclusion while the comfort women’s voices can still be heard

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 03/21/2023

Like other Filipina comfort women, Lola Hilaria Bustamante died still fighting without receiving justice. Lola Hilaria passed away  last Saturday, March 18, 2023  at the age of 97, 10 days after the UN Committee on the Elimination…

Flashback: ‘Bahay na Pula’

Ma. Ceres P. Doyo - @inquirerdotnet 03/17/2023

In the news again are clamors for the belated compensation and apologies due to Filipino comfort women/sex slaves, now aging and fewer in number, who suffered at the hands of the Japanese military in World War II.…

Flowers for Lolas: #Neverforget World War II

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 12/13/2022

“Never Forget” is an expression and political slogan used to urge others to remember the events surrounding a national tragedy. It was first used in relation to the damages brought  by World War II which started as a…

Flowers for Lolas: The comfort women statues as reminders of Japanese wartime atrocities

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 11/15/2022

SEOUL, South Korea – The gaze of the “Statue of Peace” is a reminder that the comfort women’s shameful and negative memories should not be forgotten but instead be remembered. During my recent visit in Seoul, I…

Flowers for Lolas: Three decades of Filipina  comfort women’s fight for justice

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 09/20/2022

A Mass and flowers were offered last Saturday at the Redemptorist Church grounds in Baclaran, Parañaque to mark the 30th anniversary of Filipina comfort women’s fight for justice. Thirty years ago, it was on Sept. 18, 1992…

Assassinating history

Inez Ponce de leon - @inquirerdotnet 07/13/2022

In 2014, I advised a thesis group that created an online archive for comfort women’s stories. They worked under the model of people’s history (as conceptualized by Howard Zinn), or history told through the eyes of those…

KUWENTONG PEYUPS: International Memorial Day for Comfort Women

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 08/17/2021

It was 30 years ago, on August 14, 1991, when South Korean Kim Hak-sun became the first to give a public testimony about her experience as a  comfort woman victim. August 14 was later declared by the…

Comfort women are not prostitutes

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 03/02/2021

The portrayal of “comfort women” as willingly-paid sex workers is a misleading attempt to rewrite history and silence the victims of sexual slavery during World War II. A recent uproar began after the paper of Harvard Law School professor…

KUWENTONG KULE: Lolas/WW II women victims of sexual slavery, violence are dying without seeing justice

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 12/15/2020

The recent deaths of three World War II women victims of sexual slavery and violence are manifestations that the survivors are dying without receiving a formal apology and legal compensation from Japan. Supporters documented this year the…

The saga of the missing Lola statue

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 09/01/2020

“GINAHASA AKO.”  The words that  Lola  Rosa Henson writes every day  in a piece of paper but she then crumples and throws away to hide her dark past. The same  lines that have been  delivered by veteran actress…

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