"Kill everyone over ten."
So shall September 28, 1901 be remembered, when American soldiers went to Samar to make it “a howling wilderness” in retaliation towards Filipinos who took part in the surprise attack against the American soldiers in Balangiga. The Balangiga Massacre (as it will be called) slaughtered not only Filipino men, but women and children as well. The whole town population of Balangiga in Samar was then wiped out.
The Balangiga Bells (these were used as a signal of the Filipino guerrillas disguised as civilians to attack the American soldiers) until now has never been returned to the Filipino people despite the pleading of the Philippine government.
This is what happens when the American eagle puts its talons on another people’s land (to borrow Mark Twain’s fitting description of American imperialism).
This conflict was one of the painful highlights of the Philippine-American War.
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