By Prince Golez
Malacanang announced on Monday that President Rodrigo Duterte will lead the turnover of three Balangiga bells to local officials in Samar on December 15.
Earlier today, Duterte canceled his attendance to the scheduled turnover of the bells by the United States to the Philippines at Villamor Air Base of the Philippine Air Force in Pasay on Tuesday.
“The President, upon the recommendation of Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana, will no longer be attending the handover of the Balangiga bells scheduled tomorrow, December 11, in Villamor Air Base,” Presidential speaker Salvador Panelo told reporters.
“The President will instead be in Samar on December 15, Saturday, to turn over the bells to Balangiga officials. I hope this clarifies the matter,” Panelo added.