By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday urged Filipinos, particularly the people of Balangiga town, to protect the three Balangiga bells.
Duterte made the reminder during the historic handover of the bells to local officials in Balangiga, Samar.
“I therefore trust that our kababayans in Balangiga and the rest of the country will ensure the protection of these gems and will continue to preserve and promote our culture and history,” the President said in his speech.
The church bells were seized by American soldiers as war trophies over a century ago.
Duterte also congratulated the citizenry for forging a history that significantly contributed to the return of the Bells of Balangiga.
“I am sure that our ancestors are celebrating with us here on this remarkable victory and that does not only bring back the glory of the town of Balangiga, but also contributes in the full restoration of our dignity as a Filipino,” he added.