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The Bells of Balangiga

THERE is a dark chapter in the history of Philippine-American relations which few people today know about or want to bring out into the open. Americans see it as part of the worldwide Spanish-American War, in which US troops fought Spaniards in the Spanish colonies of Cuba and in the Philippines at the turn of the 20th century.

The Philippines celebrates its Independence Day today, with traditional flag-raising ceremonies at the giant flagpole in front of the Rizal Shrine at Rizal Park. President Duterte will lead the flag-raising rites, after which he will deliver his Independence Day address in Malacañang.

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