Lesbianism, much like feminism, is incessantly besieged by the criticism that its origins are western. This assertion obviously manifests societal resistance to the reality of indigenous lesbian existence. Unfortunately, even some women activists toe the line. What is conveniently forgotten is that all social movements in this country owe much of their political theories and concepts from outside sources.
Approximately 600 ethnic Filipinos live in Finland. They are mostly spouses of Finns - 85% being women - or they work in diplomatic circles thus avoiding normal visa regulations. Some are also au pairs. Up to 1995, Finnish people knew almost nothing about this small group.
Human Rights advocates in the Philippines have predicted a civil disobedience campaign against the Philippine Government's adoption of a national identification system. On January 8 this year President Ramos issued Administrative Order 308 after the Cabinet unanimously endorsed the scheme.