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Thank Uncle Sam: Larrazabal says Duterte had little role in Balangiga bells’ return

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Abogado and former elections commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal made a clear point about the positive news that the Balangiga bells will finally return to the Philippines.

He said that what made the bells’ return legally possible is not so much credited to any Philippine president’s effort, but on the expiration of a US law and and the lobbying of American veterans to return the bells home.

“FYI – This means, even if previous presidents pushed for the bells to be returned, it was not legally possible,” he said on Twitter.

“It only became possible starting September, 2017. This was when the US law prohibiting return of war articles, expired,” he added.

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