VINUYA VS. EXECUTIVE SECRETARYFACTSPetitioners are all members of the MALAYA LOLAS, a non-stock, non-profit organization registered withthe SEC for the purpose of providing aid to the victims of rape by Japanese military forces in thePhilippines during the WWII. They claim that they were “comfort women” at that time and have greatlysuffered because of that. In 1998, they have approached the Executive Department through the DOJ, DFA,and OSG and requested assistance in filing a claim against the Japanese officials and military officers whoordered the establishment of the “comfort women” stations in the Philippines. However, the officialsdeclined on that ground that the individual claims had already been satisfied by Japan’s compliance withthe San Francisco Peace Treaty of 1951 and the bilateral Reparations Agreement of 1956 between Japanand the Philippines. The petitioners argue that the general waiver of claims made by the Philippine
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