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Duterte won’t attend Balangiga bells’ turnover in E. Samar

/ 11:03 PM December 12, 2018
Balangiga bells at Villamor Air Base

The Balangiga bells were unloaded at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (Photo by NOY MORCOSO / INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte will not be able to attend the turnover of the historic Balangiga Bells in Eastern Samar, Malacañang said Wednesday night.

“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte would not be able to attend the turnover of the Balangiga bells to officials in Eastern Samar, which is scheduled on Saturday, December 15,” presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

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Panelo said the President would instead attend to some “pressing matters of governance that require his utmost and immediate attention” on that date.

However, the Palace official did not elaborate on the reason.

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On Tuesday, the President also missed the tunrover of the bells at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.

READ: Duterte to skip historic handover of Balangiga bells in Pasay

The Balangiga bells returned to the Philippines 117 years after it was taken by the United States as war booty.

“The bells are now indeed home,” Panelo said. “The descendants of those who perished in one of the bloodiest and tragic consequences of the Filipino- American war rightfully cherish the coming home of a part of our national heritage and the Filipino nation join them in rejoicing the historic event.”

“As the Balangiga Bells resume their ringing after a silence of more than a century, the booming sounds that will come out of them will resonate around the world with the sterling message that foreign domination nor outside intrusion on its sovereignty has no place in this part of the world.” /atm

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