Philippine Air Force personnel unload the bells of Balangiga. Photo: Reuters

Balangiga bells, seized by US forces as trophies after 1901 massacre, finally returned to Philippines

  • The return of the bells has been divisive with some US veterans, who see them as a tribute to fallen American troops while the Philippines regards them as a symbol of its struggle for independence
  • Manila’s push for the bells’ repatriation began in the 1990s and has had backing from Philippine presidents as well as from the Catholic church and historians
Topic |   Legacy of war in Asia

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Philippine Air Force personnel unload the bells of Balangiga. Photo: Reuters
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