- The historic Balangiga Bells are now in the Philippines
- It returned back home after 117 years of staying in United States
- Palace said it just showed the enduring friendship of Philippines and United States
It has been a historic day for Philippines because the Balangiga Bells are now back in Philippines after 117 years. KAMI learned that the historic bells arrived at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City via US Air Force C-130 on Tuesday.
The bells serve as a symbol of Filipino resistance to foreign invaders for historians. As reported by ABS-CBN News, the Balangiga Bells are set to be back to its home in Balangiga town, Easter Samar.
Present at the official handover ceremony were officials Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez, US Embassy spokesperson Molly Koscina, US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kimi, and Senators Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and Richard Gordon.
As reported by GMA News, the three bells of Balangiga were used to announce the historic siege or the Balangiga Massacre. The siege ended with 48 US soldiers being killed by the locals. In return, the Americans took the bells as spoils of war.
According to US Embassy spokesperson Molly Koscina and the Palace, the return of the Balangiga Bells is a proof of the “enduring” and “important” friendship between Philippines and United States.
In a previous report by KAMI, the netizens shared their opinions about the return of Balangiga Bells in the Philippines. They also commended President Rodrigo Duterte for making this historic return happen.
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