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The Bells of Balangiga: A Short Documentary (Watch Video)

During the 2017 State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Rodrigo R. Duterte asked the United States of America to return the Bells of Balangiga. It might be helpful to give a short introduction about the Bells of Balangiga for the benefit of those who have no idea about the subject. Not so long ago, from 1899 to 1902, the Philippines was at war with the United States of America. The Philippines became the colony of the US. On 28 September 1901, Filipino guerrillas, who resisted the repression of the foreign occupiers, attacked US troops in the town of Balangiga, Samar. Around 48 US soldiers and 28 Filipinos died. In retaliation, US General Jacob Smith gave the following order: “I want no prisoners. I wish you to kill and burn; the more you kill and burn, the better it will please me. The interior of Samar must be made a howling wilderness.” The General ordered the killing of everyone capable of bearing arms, including boys above 10 years of age. The Balangiga Massacre followed. Filipino historians placed the death toll of Filipinos, in Samar alone arising from the Balangiga incident, at around 50,000. The three church bells of Balangiga were taken by US troops as war trophies. There is a movement for the return of the Balangiga Bells to the Philippines. Watch this short video (9:11 minutes): Continue reading The Bells of Balangiga: A Short Documentary (Watch Video)