THE Commission on Appointments (CA) confirmed the nomination of Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez on Wednesday.
No opposition was raised against Romualdez’s nomination although some members of the CA foreign affairs committee headed by Sen. Panfilo Lacson asked questioned him regarding his plans about the “Balangiga bells”, and the new immigration policy of the US.
President Rodrigo Duterte in his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) asked the United States to return the bells taken by its soldiers from a church in Balangiga, Eastern Samar in 1901 during the Philippine-American War.
US Ambassador Sung Kim in an interview said the US was very much aware of the significant meaning of the bells to the Filipinos and the US has been working to resolve the issue.
Three bells were taken by American soldiers from Balangiga Church as war booty.
Two of the bells are at at F. E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenee, Wyoming and one is at Camp Could in South Korea.
As for the new immigration policy the US will impose, Romualdez said he has yet to receive more information on the matter.
Lacson endorsed the confirmation of Romualdez in plenary, which was seconded by Sens. Loren Legarda, Juan Miguel Zubiri and Vicente Sotto 3rd.