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Balangiga Massacre (1901)
« on: July 25, 2017, 05:41:34 AM »
From: patnubay.org
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The Balangiga massacre was an incident in 1901 in the town of the same name during the Philippine-American War. It initially referred to the killing of about 48 members of the US 9th Infantry by the townspeople allegedly augmented by guerrillas in the town of Balangiga on Samar island during an attack on September 28 of that year. In the 1960s Filipino nationalists applied it to the retaliatory measures taken on the island. This incident was described as the United States Army’s worst defeat since the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876. Filipinos regard the attack as one of their bravest acts in the war.


Some soldiers of Company C,  9th U.S. Infantry ("Manchus") Regiment, in Balangiga in August 1901. Valeriano Abanador, the native chief of police who would lead the attack on the Balangiga garrison seven weeks later, is standing with arms folded across his chest (sixth from right). Photo taken from filipinoamericanwar.com

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The Balangiga Bells

The Balangiga bells are three church bells taken by the United States Army from the town church of Balangiga, Eastern Samar in the Philippines as war booty after reprisals following the Balangiga incident in 1901 during the Philippine-American War.

Photos are taken from filipinoamericanwar.com


St. Anthony Church: the present structure dates from 1927. The original church was burned down by the Americans on September 29, 1901
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This 1895 Balangiga bell ---the smallest of the three Balangiga church bells---was turned over to the headquarters of the 9th U.S. Infantry Regiment in Calbayog, Samar, around April 1902. This relic is on permanent display at the museum of the 9th U.S. Infantry, stationed in Camp Hovey, Tongduchon, South Korea. It is now considered by most Filipino historians as the one that was rung during the Balangiga attack.
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The two bigger Balangiga bells:  These were brought to the U.S. by returning 11th Infantry soldiers to their home station at the former Fort D.A. Russell, now the F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Both are displayed at the Balangiga Memorial in its Trophy Park.
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Photo taken from CNN Philippines

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Re: Balangiga Massacre (1901)
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2017, 03:49:48 PM »
From: https://www.senate.gov.ph/lisdata/62485586!.pdf

FOURTEENTH CONGRESS OF THE
REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
First Regular Session
SENATE
P.S. Res. No. 177

INTRODUCED BY HON. MANNY VILLAR

RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE SENATE FOR THE RETURN TO THE PHILIPPINES OF THE BALANGIGA BELLS WHICH WERE TAKEN BY THE US TROOPS FROM THE TOWN OF BALANGIGA, PROVINCE OF SAMAR IN 1901

WHEREAS, the bells of Balangiga are church bells which used to be housed at the church in the coastal town of Balangiga, Province of Samar.

WHEREAS, the church bells of Balangiga had very special significance to a town of strong Catholic traditions as its ringing served as a call for the people to come to church to pray and worship God. However, the ringing of the bells of Balangiga in the early morning of 28 September 1901 took on a different import as it served to signal the people of Balangiga to fight for their freedom, thus the surprise attack against American soldiers by the Waray revolutionaries:

WHEREAS, on the day of the attack, Waray men dressed as pious women carrying little coffins, purportedly of children who had died of cholera, and armed with bolos, staged an attack against American soldiers belonging to the Charlie Company of the US Infantry Regiment:

WHEREAS, the subsequent retaliation by American troops resulted in the killing of thousands of Filipinos in Samar, the majority of whom were civilians. The heavy handed reprisal earned a court-martial for Gen. Jake Smith, who had ordered the killing of everyone ten (IO) years old and over:

WHEREAS, after the fall of Balangiga to US troops, the latter took the bells of the Catholic church back to their home base at Fort Russell. The soldiers considered the bells as "war booty" and are displayed in a brick museum, where they remain to this day with a plaque that says the bells signaled the attack:

WHEREAS, the bells of Balangiga symbolizes an unforgettable memory to the Filipino people as it signifies courage to fight for freedom:

WHEREAS, legally, the Filipinos, more specifically the Diocese of Borongan, of which Balangiga is a parish, has a rightful stake to claim for the return of the Balangiga bells because the same is a property of the church:

NOW, THERFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE PHILIPPINES, to express its sense for the return of the Balangiga bells to the Philippines which were taken by the US Troops from the town of Balangiga, Province of Samar on 1901,

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Senator Manny Villar

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Re: Balangiga Massacre (1901)
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2017, 05:41:26 PM »
US veterans seek McCain help to return Balangiga bells to Philippines
Christian V. Esguerra, ABS-CBN News
Posted at Jul 31 2017 07:07 AM

http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/07/30/17/us-veterans-seek-mccain-help-to-return-balangiga-bells-to-philippines

ANGELES CITY - US war veterans are working quietly to return church bells taken by American soldiers from a Philippine town over a century ago, believing it is the "right thing to do."

President Rodrigo Duterte, in his annual address to Congress last week, demanded the return of the Balangiga bells, which American soldiers took as war spoils after killing thousands in a Samar town of the same name in 1901.

Among those working to return the church bells, retired Air Force pilot Spike Nasmyth, sought the help of Republican Sen. John McCain, on July 25, the day after Duterte's State of the Nation Address.

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Re: Balangiga Massacre (1901)
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2017, 08:48:30 PM »

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Re: Balangiga Massacre (1901)
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2017, 11:34:40 PM »
US pledges to return Philippine church bells but unsure when | Washington Post - September 5
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Ambassador Sung Kim said the two governments have discussed the return of the Balangiga bells, named for the Philippine village from which they were taken in the early 1900s. He said in response to questions from reporters that the U.S. is “deeply committed that the bells are returned to the Filipino people,” but that he could not specify when that would happen.

Filipinos revere the Balangiga bells as symbols of their long struggle for independence. The bells gave the signal for insurgents to attack American soldiers who were occupying Balangiga after the U.S. took possession of the Philippines following the Spanish-American War.

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Kim said there was “an ongoing discussion within the U.S. government and the Philippine government to try and facilitate the return of these bells as quickly as possible,” but added there were some issues that needed to be solved in the U.S.