Palace exec: Balangiga encounter should be remembered-A A +A
Monday, September 30, 2013
BALANGIGA, Eastern Samar -- The clamor for the return of the so-called Balangiga bells continue as officials of this town and the rest of the province observed the 112th year of the armed encounter between rebels and American forces.
Notwithstanding the bells have yet to return to the town, the encounter is worth remembering not only by the local, but also by the rest of the country, said Undersecretary Sonny Coloma of the President Communications Operations Office.
Coloma was the main guest of honor during Monday’s 112th observance of the historical event now known as “Balangiga Encounter.”
He said the event should be given due reorganization by the National Historical Institute (NHI) to ensure that this will be given a national recognition and not only in the local.
Coloma added that the bells, which the American troops had taken as war booty, should be remembered as sign of unity of its town people, the love for peace and aim for progress.
He also revealed that among the topics that would be discussed during the forthcoming visit of President Benigno Aquino III to South Korea is the return of one of the three bells of Balangiga.
The two other bells are found in Wyoming, USA.
Eastern Samar Representative Ben Evardone said the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has been doing bilateral talks with the US government on possible return of the Balangiga bells. The talks, he added, could just yield some positive results.
Eastern Samar Vice Governor Marcelino Ferdinand Picardal has called for political unity among the people of the province.
It was learned from him that the Provincial Government of Eastern Samar has celebrated the Balangiga encounter at the Capitol in Borongan City. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)