Obama admits injustice to Filipino war veterans

President Barack Obama speaks to Asian youth leaders at the Young South East Asian Leaders Initiative Town Hall, at the University of Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

MANILA - "It was an injustice." United States President Barack Obama on Tuesday admitted his nation's wrongdoing towards Filipino war veterans who were denied compensaton for their services under the American flag.

"Sadly the proud service of many of these Filipino veterans was never fully recognised by the United States. Many were denied the compensation they were promised," Obama said in his televised speech at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City.

The visiting president said what had happened "was an injustice" that the US government worked to reverse.

"So in recent years, my administration, working with congress and others, have worked to right this wrong," he said.

"We passed a law, reviewed the records, processed claims and nearly 20,000 Filipino veterans from World War II and their families finally received the compensation they have earned," Obama added.