In his State of the Nation Address Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte demanded from the United States of America the return of the three Balangiga bells taken by the US 9th Infantry during the Filipino-American War in 1901.
“Give us back those Balangiga bells,” Duterte told the US. “They are ours. They belong to the Philippines. They are part of our national heritage,” the president said, adding the US’ genocidal war is a “painful memory” for the Filipino people.
The president’s remarks revived repeated petitions by Bayan Muna since 2007 for the Philippine government to demand the bells back from the United States of America.
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This audio clip was part of a series of information plugs produced by Kodao Productions in time for US President George W. Bush’s visit to the Philippines in October 2003. #