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Panelo on Balangiga ceremony 'incident': Not Duterte's style

Dec 16, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says President Rodrigo Duterte could not have been involved in telling priests to leave the venue of the Balangiga Bells handover

TURNOVER CEREMONY. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes the hand of Borongan Bishop Crispin Varquez at the Balangiga Bells turover ceremony on December 15, 2018. Photo from Presidential Communications Office

Borongan diocese claims priests in Balangiga Bells turnover asked to leave

Dec 15, 2018 - 11:47 PM

In a Facebook post, the Diocese of Borongan says President Rodrigo Duterte 'only wants [Archbishop Romulo] Valles to be in the area'

HOME. The Balangiga Bells are formally turned over to the local parish in Balangiga, Eastern Samar, on December 15, 2018. Photo by Roy Lagarde

Duterte thanks Americans for returning Balangiga Bells

Dec 15, 2018 - 6:30 PM

'The credit goes to the American people and to the Filipino people. Period,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

HOME. President Rodrigo Duterte attends the 'homecoming' ceremony and turnover of the transfer certifcate of the Balangiga Bells in Eastern Samar from the United States. RTVM screenshot

Joy as U.S.-seized bells ring again on Philippine soil

Dec 15, 2018 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) Residents of Balangiga welcome the return of the bells that symbolized the Philippines' dark past and long struggle for independence

FIESTA ATMOSPHERE. People begin massing near the San Lorenzo de Martir Church in Balangiga, Eastern Samar, on December 15, 2018, in preparation for the official handover of the Balangiga Bells. Photo courtesy of Lady Camelot

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Balangiga Bells back in Eastern Samar for handover

Dec 14, 2018 - 11:50 AM

The historic Balangiga Bells arrive in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, to be transported to the town of Balangiga for the formal handover rites on December 15

BELLS RETURNED. The Balangiga Bells are unloaded at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, its first stop in its historic return to the Philippines after 117 years. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte: No one should take credit for return of Balangiga Bells

Dec 13, 2018 - 6:59 PM

'The return of the bells [was] upon the demand of the Filipino people,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the closing ceremony of the Motorcycle Riding Course (MCRC) Class 05, 06, 07-2018 R11 and Motorcycle Riding Safety Training (MRST) Class 03-2018 at the Rancho Palos Verdes in Davao City on December 7, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Church hits bid to put one Balangiga bell in National Museum

Dec 13, 2018 - 12:00 PM

'They belong in the church, not in a museum,' says the Catholic Church in Borongan, which owns the historic Balangiga Bells

HISTORIC BELLS. The Balangiga Bells arrive at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on December 11, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Balangiga Bells on display on December 12, 13

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:57 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The Balangiga Bells are available for public viewing on December 12 and 13 at the Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum

BELLS RETURNED. The Balangiga Bells are unloaded at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, its first stop in its historic return to the Philippines after 117 years. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

'Indescribable feeling,' says descendant of Filipino who rang Balangiga bell in 1901

Dec 11, 2018 - 8:18 PM

‘The bells are heirlooms from our ancestors,’ says Nemesio Duran. He claims to be a descendant of the Filipino guerrilla fighter who rang the bell in 1901 to signal the historic attack against Americans in Balangiga, Eastern Samar.

DESCENDANT. Nemesio Duran claims to be a descendant of the Filipino the Filipino fighter who rang one of the bells on September 28, 1901.

Balangiga Bells' homecoming: 'Time for healing and closure'

Dec 11, 2018 - 1:24 PM

'Now they are home.... It is a time for healing. It is a time for closure,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

PHILIPPINE DEFENSE CHIEF. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana shakes the hand of US Ambassador Sung Kim after the formal turnover of the Balangiga bells to the Philippines on December 11, 2018. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Balangiga Bells back in the Philippines

Dec 11, 2018 - 10:37 AM

(UPDATED) The Balangiga Bells are finally back home 117 years after American soldiers took them from a church in Eastern Samar as war booty

BELLS RETURNED. The Balangiga Bells are unloaded at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, its first stop in its historic return to the Philippines after 117 years. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

[OPINION] Returning the Bells

Dec 11, 2018 - 8:00 AM

As the Balangiga bells arrive in Manila today, we do not focus on looking back or relitigating a painful chapter in our past but investing in our shared future

Duterte to skip Balangiga Bells turnover ceremony

Dec 10, 2018 - 3:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte was initially scheduled to attend the afternoon event on Tuesday, December 11, at the Villamor Air Base

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Marco Polo Davao Journey @20 at the Marco Polo Davao in Davao City on December 7, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Balangiga Bells in Japan before return to the Philippines

Dec 10, 2018 - 3:25 PM

US embassy spokesperson Molly Koscina says the return of the bells shows how important it is for Washington to maintain good relations with Manila

STOPOVER. Two US Air Force airmen stand with the 3 Balangiga Bells at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. Photo courtesy of US Embassy in the Philippines

Balangiga Bells to arrive in Manila on December 11

Dec 07, 2018 - 12:56 PM

All 3 bells will be formally turned over to the Philippines by the United States in a historic ceremony to be attended by President Rodrigo Duterte

HOMEWARD BOUND. The Balangiga Bell at Trophy Park on F.W. Warren Air Force Base. Photo courtesy of Sylvester Salcedo

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Balangiga Bells to make Korea stopover before arriving in PH

Nov 15, 2018 - 12:12 PM

The return of the Balangiga Bells 'brings to a close a part of our history, the Filipino-American War in the 1990s,' says Philippine Ambassador Babe Romualdez

BALANGIGA BELLS. Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel 'Babe' Romualdez (right) is shown one of the 3 bells of Balangiga being kept in Wyoming. Photo courtesy of Gunther Sales/Philippine embassy in Washington DC

After return of Balangiga Bells, will Duterte visit U.S.?

Nov 15, 2018 - 10:53 AM

President Duterte will not visit the US 'until the Bells of Balangiga are returned,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr recalls telling US Ambassador Nikki Haley

BALANGIGA BELLS. The United States says it is returning the historic Balangiga Bells to the Philippines. Photo by Gunther Sales/Philippine embassy in Washington DC

Return of Balangiga Bells: 'Time of solemn remembrance'

Nov 15, 2018 - 9:33 AM

US Defense Secretary James Mattis formally announces that the US is returning the historic Balangiga Bells to the Philippines

BALANGIGA BELLS. The United States is soon returning the historic Balangiga Bells to the Philippines. Photo by Gunther Sales/Philippine embassy in Washington DC

U.S. starts process to return Balangiga Bells to PH

Nov 14, 2018 - 9:48 AM

(UPDATED) The United States confirms a November 14 ceremony in Wyoming 'marking the beginning of the process to return the Balangiga Bells' to the Philippines

BALANGIGA BELLS. The United States is returning the historic Balangiga Bells to the Philippines. Photo from Wikipedia

'Balangiga: Howling Wilderness' review: Powerful and tender

Aug 20, 2018 - 7:06 PM

'Balangiga: Howling Wilderness navigates its seemingly simple narrative around the very relevant tenuous relations the Philippines has with America'

PURSUIT OF FREEDOM. Khavn dela Cruz’s Balangiga: Howling Wilderness is also a story of escape. Screenshot from the movie trailer

Don't make Balangiga bells trophies of war, PH tells U.S.

Aug 18, 2018 - 7:00 AM

The Philippine Department of National Defense addresses groups in the United States opposed to the move of their own defense agency to return the wartime bells

The Balangiga Bells. Photo from Wikipedia.org

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After a century, U.S. to return Balangiga Bells

Aug 12, 2018 - 5:07 PM

Malacañang hails the United States' plan to return the Balangiga Bells to the Philippines

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Duterte doesn't raise Balangiga bells with Trump

Nov 14, 2017 - 2:40 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte previously demanded the return of the iconic bells in his last State of the Nation Address

President of the United States of America and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte during the 31st ASEAN GALA Dinner  Photo by Russell Palma Pool Photo

Return Balangiga bells, Trump told ahead of PH trip

Nov 09, 2017 - 11:07 AM

'At the end of the day, that is not owned by the United States or the Philippines. It's owned by the Catholic Church,' ex-DFA chief Roberto Romulo tells Rappler

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. US President Donald Trump can order the US armed forces to return the Balangiga bells, ex-Philippine foreign secretary Roberto Romulo says. File photo by AFP

Duterte on America: I'd rather be friendly with them now

Sep 28, 2017 - 11:03 PM

'Overall, I think the Americans also redeemed themselves a lot,' President Rodrigo Duterte says during the 116th Balangiga Encounter Day in Eastern Samar

BALANGIGA DAY. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the wreath-laying ceremony during the 116th Balangiga Encounter Day in Eastern Samar on September 28, 2017. Malacañang photo

Duterte, Tillerson to discuss Balangiga bells, Marawi crisis

Aug 07, 2017 - 1:30 PM

Malacañang also says the Philippine President is willing to discuss human rights concerns with the US Secretary of State

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Jul 26, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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U.S. vows to help resolve Balangiga bells issue

Jul 26, 2017 - 9:03 AM

We will continue to work with our Filipino partners to find a resolution the US embassy in Manila says

LIGHT MOMENT. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chats with US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim in Rizal Park on December 30, 2016, on the sidelines of the 120th anniversary of Dr Jose Rizal's martyrdom. Malacañang file photo   LIGHT MOMENT. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chats with US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim in Rizal Park on December 30, 2016, on the sidelines of the 120th anniversary of Dr Jose Rizal's martyrdom. Malacañang file photo

HIGHLIGHTS: Issues mentioned in SONA 2017

Jul 25, 2017 - 10:13 AM

Rappler compiles the following highlights of President Rodrigo Duterte s second State of the Nation Address

SONA 2017. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) before members of Congress on July 24, 2017. Malacañang photo

Give us back Balangiga bells, Duterte tells U.S.

Jul 24, 2017 - 6:48 PM

They are ours They belong to the Philippines President Duterte tells the US in his SONA 2017 with the American ambassador in the audience

BALANGIGA BELLS. President Rodrigo Duterte in his second State of the Nation Address on July 24, 2017, urges the US to return the iconic Balangiga bells. Screen shot from Rappler livestream

US to return century-old bell taken from La Union church

May 02, 2016 - 9:03 AM

The return of the bell is facilitated by two US Navy veterans who are also working to return the Balangiga bell of Eastern Samar according to an American newspaper

COMING HOME. The bell that hung at a West Point chapel has been readied for its return to the Philippines. Photo from Stars and Stripes.

Give us back historic bells of Balangiga, Obama asked

Apr 29, 2014 - 10:13 AM

Up to 2 500 online petitioners want US President Barack Obama to return the bells of Balangiga in Eastern Samar which the US took as spoils of war