US returning pillaged Philippine church bells, 117 years after they were stolen

The bells tolled on September 28, 1901, to signal an early-morning attack on American troops, just as they were eating breakfast. The attack almost wiped out the company of American soldiers, killing 48 of them in a rare victory in a war that the Philippines would end up losing.
The US commander’s response was swift. He ordered the killing of all Filipino males above the age of 10 who were involved in fighting US forces. The Americans razed the town of Balangiga, which had been abandoned…