- The historic Balangiga Bells will be coming back to the Philippines
- US is now processing the return of the Balangiga Bells
- The netizens shared their comments regarding this historic event
It has been reported that the historic Balangiga Bells will be going back to its home in Balangiga Church in Eastern Samar. KAMI learned that according to United States, they are now beginning the process of its return.
“The US Department of Defense has announced that Secretary Mattis will participate in a ceremony at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming on Nov. 14, marking the beginning of the process to return the Balangiga Bells,” US Embassy stated.
Back in 1901, Balangiga Bells were used to announce the historic siege or the so called Balangiga Massacre where 48 out of 74 US troops were killed by the locals. In return, Americans took the historic bells as spoils of war as reported by Rappler.
The netizens shared their opinion regarding this much awaited return of the Balangiga Bells. Here are some of their comments on ABS-CBN News’ Facebook page:
“yong balangiga bell pilit na binabawi na wala namang mapapala ang taong bayan samantalang ang West Philippine Sea hinahayaan lang..”
“Masaya tyo dahil ibinalik yang bell... peru naiisip nyo ba anu nmn ngayon. Dun nlng dpt sa mga ninakaw ng mga marcos yun ang dapat maisauli mas importante yun diba.. wla nmang big deal sa balanggiga bell na yan ang babaw... yung pang mga kinurakot ng mga corrupt na gov.official yun ag dapt importanting habulin at ng maisauli diba mga tropa”
“Lupet nmn.. Ilang presidente dumaan hindi man lng nabanggit yan.. Ngaun Isang palamura na Presidente ang ngpabalik..”
“Good..it was a simple thing to do to foster good relations between US and Philippines.”
“Sana ung mga isla din na inagaw ng china maibalik narin....”
“Pres Duterte should demand from the Marcoses for the return of the ill-gotten wealth more than this bell na hindi nman makakatulong sa ekonomiya ng bansa.”
During the 2017 State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte, he mentioned the Balangiga Bells and asked the United States to give it back to the Philippines.
“Give us back those Balangiga bells. They are ours. They belong to the Philippines. They are part of our national heritage,” the President Duterte.
However, in a report by ABS-CBN News, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that the Palace would refrain to comment regarding the matter until the bells arrived.
Previous Presidents of the Philippines also tried to retrieve the Balangiga Bells from US like former President Fidel V. Ramos but he did not succeed.
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