Bells to be re­turned

Cape Times - - WORLD NEWS -

MANILA: The Philip­pines yes­ter­day wel­comed the US plan to re­turn three church bells seized by Amer­i­can sol­diers as spoils of war more than a cen­tury ago.

US Sec­re­tary of De­fence James Mat­tis has no­ti­fied the US Con­gress of the depart­ment’s plan to re­turn the bells to the Philip­pines, re­ports the US Em­bassy in Manila.

But no spe­cific date has been iden­ti­fied for the re­turn of the bells, which were taken from the town of Balangiga in the eastern prov­ince of Sa­mar in 1901, dur­ing the US coloni­sa­tion of the Philip­pines.

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