President Rodrigo Duterte said during the unveiling of marker of Mella Hotel in Las Piñas City on December 14 that no government official should claim credit for the return of Balangiga Bells.
“Now let me be very clear on this, here and now. The credit of the return of the Balangiga does not belong to any worker or officials of government,” he said.
“The return of the bells were upon the demand of the Filipino people. Nobody but nobody should ever claim success for that,” he added.
He added that the bells are property of the Roman Catholic faith.