The AFP held a reveille gun salute in honor of former President Noynoy Aquino
On Friday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) held a reveille gun salute in honor of the late former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, according to military chief General Cirilito Sobejana.
Sobejana told reporters that the reveille gun salute started at 6:00 in the morning. At 10:00 am, Sobejana read a statement of the Armed Forces on the death of its former commander-in-chief.
Also, Sobejana said that commanders of subordinate units held similar ceremonies simultaneously.
He acknowledged that the contribution of the Aquino administration in the modernization of the Armed Forces in acquiring new equipment for the military had continued.
According to him, more ceremonies to honor the late former President Aquino will be conducted in the afternoon.
On Thursday, AFP spokesperson Major General Edgard Arevalo said in an interview on CNN Philippines that eight guns or cannons will be fired successively starting 5:00 am on Friday.
“After the eight round of canon fire, there will be one round of cannon to be fired at 7 o’clock in the morning and then every one hour thereafter. Until the hour of 5, there will be another salvo and another round of eight salvos in succession,” Arevalo said.
He explained that the eight rounds represented the eight provinces that participated in the Philippine Revolution.
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Arevalo also said that the AFP will give the former president a 21-gun salute on the date of the funeral, Saturday.
GMA News Online reported that Aquino will be buried on Saturday at the Manila Memorial Park in Paranaque City, where his mother former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino and father former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr were laid to rest.
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