AFP gives final salute to late President Noynoy Aquino

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) accorded military funeral honors to the late former President Noynoy Aquino as military camps fired simultaneous gun salutes on Saturday, June 26.

A brigade-sized Arrival Honors was rendered to the past Commander-in-Chief at the Manila Memorial Park while the military band played the National Anthem as the Nation’s salute to its former leader.

The AFP Chief of Staff, General Cirilito Sobejana was the military host during the State Funeral and Interment ceremony joined by Major Service Commanders of the AFP. In attendance were the family and relatives, invited guests and dignitaries, and other citizen paying their last respects to the late president.

A hearse carried the former President’s urn during the funeral march towards the gravesite stretching around 150 meters. During which, flowers were airdropped by Philippine Air Force choppers as it flew by.

Brigadier General Joel Alejandro Nacnac, Director of the AFP Center for Law of Armed Conflict, spearheaded AFP General Officers who served as pall bearers that carried the urn at the gravesite for the final prayer.

During the inurnment, Military Officers and Personnel performed Pugay Kamay and the traditional 21 Gun Salute while the drum and bugle were being played.

As the AFP Chief of Staff presented the Philippine Flag to the Aquino Family, distant military camps around the country commenced their Gun Salute as final tribute to the late president.

These camps were of the AFP General Headquarters, Philippine Air Force, Philippine Navy and Philippine Army in Metro Manila; Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City; Northern Luzon Command in Tarlac; Southern Luzon Command in Quezon Province; Western Command in Palawan; Central Command in Cebu City; Eastern Mindanao Command in Davao City; and Western Mindanao Command in Zamboanga City.

The Simultaneous Gun Salutes in military camps is the AFP’s final salute to the former Commander-in-Chief. While uniformed servicemen and other national heroes are accorded of the gravesite gun salute, only former presidents are entitled to simultaneous gun salutes in various military camps, stations and bases.

The AFP will also observe 30 days of mourning as stated in its Military Regulations. A “Badge of Mourning” will be worn at the left arm sleeves of the uniform above the elbow for 30 days reckoned from the Notice of Death on June 25. The National Flag will continue to be flown at half-mast in all military camps until July 4.

“As the 15th President of the country, President Aquino bore a cross, so few are willing and capable of, as it entailed the biggest sacrifice Filipinos could ever dream to give for their country. Through him and in him we saw our collective strength and resolve to do and achieve what is best for our country, a responsibility that is not without great cost to a person’s mind, body, and spirit,” General Sobejana said. AFP.MIL.PH