Four Filipino women who said they were sexually abused by Japanese soldiers during World War II held a protest on Wednesday in the Philippine capital to denounce Japan's recent claims before the United Nations that such claims could not be confirmed.

Hilaria Bustamante, who will turn 90 on Feb. 18, wrote about her own experience during the war on a whiteboard for people to see, and said, "We were not paid, nor did we volunteer ourselves."

The rally was held first in front of the Japanese embassy in Manila, and then near the gates of the Philippine presidential palace.