President Rodrigo Duterte did extra than simply arise for Filipinos when he demanded that the United States return the Balangiga bells seized by American troops in 1901.
In an anecdote posted on PTV’s information website Tuesday (July 25), Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol stated that he believed Duterte talked about the looting of Balangiga bells in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) as a means “of pointing out the hypocrisy of America.”
Based on historic accounts, Piñol stated American forces brought about damage to the city of Balangiga in Eastern Samar in retaliation to the defeat they suffered throughout an encounter on September 28, 1901.
In addition to taking the three church bells, the American troops led by General Jacob Smith ordered that Samar be was a “howling wilderness and that males aged 10 and older be shot.
Reflecting on the Americans’ cruelty, Piñol shared what Duterte’s ideas doubtless have been in mentioning the lack of the Balangiga bells: “You want to investigate the Philippine government for alleged human rights violation in the campaign against criminality and illegal drugs? Why don’t we look at the human rights record of America first?”
In response to Duterte’s demand, the US Embassy in Manila stated it’s going to work with its Filipino companions to discover a decision to the issue.