By Nestor Abrematea
A prominent Eastern Visayas historian said he is ambivalent on the return of the two Balangiga bells as mentioned by President Duterte during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) yesterday in Congress.
Dr. Rolando O. Borrinaga, secretary of the National Committee on Historical Research of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts, said it is both negative and positive on President Duterte’s statement on the return of the two Balangiga bells.
Borrinaga said it is negative because Wyoming will be headlined again and they are supported by the Republican administration..
“I am ambivalent about President. Duterte’’s SONA pitch for the return of the Balangiga bells. On the one hand, it brought the issue again to the limelight. On the other, politicians on both sides of the Pacific have failed to effect the return of the bells in the past. It is better to keep politics out of this issue,” Borrinaga said.
He said former United States President Bill Clinton offered in 1994 for the return of the bells but failed and former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos campaigned in 1997 for the return of the bells but also failed.
Borrinaga said where were resolutions passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives but were just disregarded by the United States government.
He said the efforts of the national politicians before who worked for the return of the bells were just ignored by US officials.
The local Balangiga parish church in Eastern Samar also worked for the return of the bells but so far no action, Borrinaga added.
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