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International Women’s Alliance joins Lila-Pilipina GABRIELA’s kick-off campaign towards March 8, International Women’s Day, highlighting the issue of comfort women and the growing military alliance between the US and Japan in the Asia Pacific

International Women’s Alliance slammed the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and the economic motivation behind militarization and war at the Lila Pilipina-GABRIELA protest action in Mendiola at the foot of the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila, Philippines to “welcome” Japan Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on a visit to the country. The protest is GABRIELA’s kick-off campaign towards March 8, International Women’s Day, highlighting the issue of comfort women and the growing military alliance between the US and Japan in the Asia Pacific, condemning a Philippine-Japan Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) that can spur another generation of comfort women. Joms Salvador, Secretary General of GABRIELA said that Malacanang could be cooking up the Japan-PHL VFA, in line with the strengthening of ties with Japan during the Emperor’s visit as the EDCA deal was sealed a couple of months after after US Pres. Obama visited the Philippines in November 2015.

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