News Release

From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella – On US Ambassador Kim’s recent remarks on the Balangiga bells

The Philippines has been working for the rightful return of Balangiga bells to the country for many years.

The statement of US Ambassador Sung Kim that “the return on the Balangiga bells is the right thing to do” therefore is a welcome gesture.

The Balangiga bells form part of our national heritage and the return of these historical relics is important for our national pride, as these bells are reminders of the gallantry and heroism of our forebears.