SC upholds ruling on Filipino ‘comfort women’

By Perfecto T. Raymundo

MANILA, Aug. 12 (PNA) — The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday upheld its earlier decision dismissing the petition of the more than 70 Filipino “comfort women” to order the government to support their demand for an apology and compensation from the Japanese government.

According to SC Public Information Office (PIO) Chief and Spokesman Atty. Theodore O. Te, the SC denied the motion for reconsideration (MR) filed by the group “Malaya Lolas”, through the Center for International Law.

Associate Justices Mariano del Castillo and Marvic Leonen inhibited themselves from the case.

In the MR of the Filipino comfort women, they asked the SC to reconsider the Aug. 30, 2011 ruling of the Constitutional Court of Korea directing their government to settle their dispute with the Japanese government for the sake of the dignity of the Korean comfort women.

In its decision dated April 28, 2010, the SC said that the Court has no authority to order the Executive Department to ask for an apology and compensation from the Japanese government in so far as the Filipino comfort women are concerned. (PNA)