Manila, Phillippines

 

I have noticed that I’m getting a lot of views from the Philippines. Any current issues there that I can research and blog about? Looking at the picture to the left, it’s hard to believe that Manila was the second most devastated city in the Second World War. During the end of the occupation, Japanese troops refused to leave the city which ultimately gave rise to the Manila Massacre. In the month of February 1945 numerous atrocities including torture, rape, and murder were conducted by Imperial Japanese soldiers. Civilian casualties also occurred as a result of accidental bombing of nonmilitary targets by the United States military. The victims must be remembered and their story should not be forgotten. Equally, it must be acknowledged that Japanese people are not bad, but rather the individuals and groups who committed these crimes. During April of 2012, the Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines, Toshinao Urabe, reiterated Japan’s apologies for atrocities in the Philippines, declaring, “I also hereby express our heartfelt apologies and deep sense of remorse for the tragedy.” Hopefully we can learn from these terrible events of the past to create a better and more peaceful future.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/254311/news/nation/japan-reiterates-apologies-for-wwii-atrocities

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9 comments
  1. It may sound superficial to say, but I don’t find it hard to believe at all. There’s a saying in Dutch: ‘Met een schone lei beginnen’, alluding to putting an end to all that’s happened, and start all over again. And that’s exactly what’s happened. Some places in Manila are still horrid though, the picture on the left is quite stunning.

  2. It’s not superficial. I like the quote. I plan on making posts about the current situation of poverty in the Philippines, as well as in the United States.

    Thanks for the comment!
    Alex

  3. Will look forward on your post about the Philippines. Its interesting to know that despite this booming economy of the Philippines, there are millions still who are thriving in poverty.

    • Thanks. I look forward to researching it. There is significant poverty in the United States, especially in the South and amongst Native Americans, despite our economic position as well. Millions are still living on less than a dollar a day in China also. Hopefully these problems will be better addressed this century.

      • I really hope so too. Can’t believe that there is a significant poverty in US.

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  5. There are a lot of issues you can look into. The Reproductive Health Bill is currently a heated discussion about it online/ in politics.

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