THE United States embassy on Tuesday assured the Philippine government that it would find a solution to the issue involving the Balangiga bells that President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned in his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.
The President asked the US to return the bells that were taken by American soldiers as spoils of war after the Balangiga massacre in 1901.
“Give us back those. They are ours. They belong to the Philippines. They are part of our national heritage,” Duterte said in his SONA.
The US embassy in a statement said it is aware of the Bells of Balangiga and its importance to the people in the Philippines and US.
The bells are at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
“We are aware that the Bells of Balangiga have deep significance for a number of people, both in the United States and in the Philippines,” the embassy said in a statement.
“We will continue to work with our Filipino partners to find a resolution,” it added.