What Would Duterte Gov’t Do With Manila’s Comfort Woman Statue?

  Despite a Japanese official expressing to President Rodrigo Duterte her disappointment in the sudden construction of a comfort woman statue in Manila, the Philippine chief executive will not act on it himself, his spokesman said.   In a press briefing on Thursday, January 11th, a Filipina journalist asked Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque about Duterte’s […]

Foreign Ministry Didn’t Know: Chinese Hand Seen in Comfort Women Statue in Manila

  The approximately three-kilometer Roxas Boulevard promenade along Manila Bay in the Philippines is well-known to residents of Manila for the bronze statues of popular actresses and former presidents lining it.   To this row of statues has now been added one person with no discernible identity. She is supposed to represent a comfort woman […]

Manila’s Subway: Japan to Fund Southeast Asia’s ‘Project of the Century’

  Of Japan’s infrastructure, it is the subway that visiting Filipinos approve of the most: the technology, the mechanics, the efficiency. They will have one in Metro Manila in eight years, as the Japanese government is set to finance the Philippines’ first subway.   Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte witnessed […]