Shall America return?
The hope remains but it seems nothing is happening to the demand of the people of Balangiga for America to return the bells that American soldiers looted when they fled for their lives following the historic Balangiga massacre. The bells had been found long ago on American soil and our government had made unceasing efforts to recover those artifacts that are owned by the people of Balangiga, Eastern Samar. There is no question that those historic items are rightfully and lawfully owned by the people of Balangiga whose forebears valiantly fought and defeated the superiorly armed American invaders.
For a country championing justice and democracy, it ruins its image to self-destruction with its adamant unjust position to keep what its defeated soldiers looted from the people of Balangiga. There is nothing that can assuage that longing of a people long deprived by an unjust and oppressive superpower that portrays itself as a leader in the pursuit of justice. The wait for the return of the world renowned Balangiga bells continues over generations even as the prospect is blurred by various issues confronting our country and the gargantuan issues that America is facing.
Over the long years, the bells had reached our country only in pictures and tales. It had reportedly been placed in a military base camp in America and displayed as a symbol of what to us are looted treasures that ought to be returned to their rightful and lawful owners. This is one historic issue that refuses to die until the coming of the day when the bells will find its home that is Balangiga in the province of Eastern Samar. We can hardly fathom the reason why it would take this long for America to recognize the undeniable and undisputed fact that the bells found on American soil are loots from the Philippines.
We mark once more the historic event that is Balangiga Massacre. It was a victory by local heroes who fought valiantly with inferior arms against the superior forces of a superpower that is America. The commemoration continues to be lacking in its true meaning as the people hears the deafening silence of their bells that are on American soil. The people of Balangiga are keeping their hope alive that someday America will find honor in their obligation to return what is not theirs. Shall America return?
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