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Mon Dec 17, 2018, 03:18 PM

US returns looted bells to Philippines after 117 years

Three bells looted by US troops more than a century ago have been returned to their church in the Philippines.

President Rodrigo Duterte praised his countrymen and the US at a ceremony in Balangiga, where the treasures were taken 117 years ago.

The bronze bells were seized during the Philippine-American War as part of reprisals following a massacre.

In August, the US Embassy announced the return of the so-called Balangiga bells after decades of pressure.


It's interesting that in school it's tought that the U.S. spent three months or so fighting the Spanish-American war. But the fact that we spent several years afterward subduing the Phillipines which was not very keen on trading one colonial power for another is largely ignored.

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