“There are only less than 170 Filipina comfort women still alive. Exposing plagiarism? Important but not as urgent. Calling out imprudent tweeting by public officials? Not worth more than a week of reporting. But these women coerced into sexual slavery who still have not received the apology and reparations they deserve? It’s now or never.”
— From the Facebook status of Ruben Carranza, former commissioner of the Presidential Commission on Good Government, and currently a senior associate of the New York-based International Center for Transitional Justice. The status update was posted days after a presidential aide was criticized for announcing via Twitter how much she disliked wine served in a Vietnam state banquet attended by a delegation headed by Philippine President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III. Much earlier, the Philippine Supreme Court came out with a plagiarized decision that ruled against a petition of comfort women which sought an apology and reparations from Japan.