The Malacañang Palace has welcomed the planned return of Balangiga Bells to the Philippines from the possession of United States government. “We welcome any movement towards the return of the the Bells of Balangiga to the Philippines,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.
“The President himself, in his second State of the Nation Address, expressed his desire for the return of these bells explaining that they form part of our country’s patrimony and they were taken at the cost of bloodshed of thousands of Filipinos,” Panelo added.
However, he noted that “given that the possession of the bells have not yet been turned over to the Philippine government, we are withholding any further comment on the matter until the last bell has been properly delivered to the country.”
He also quoted President Rodrigo Duterte saying “It ain’t here until it’s here.”