Thursday, August 13, 2009

AFP honors Cory funeral guards

Manila Bulletin, Tuesday, August 11, 2009, page 6

with a report from Aaron Recuenco

The Armed Forces of the Philippines
(AFP) yesterday awarded six
honor guards who caught,nationwide
attention when they stood like stoic
statues for several hours beside the
coffin bearing the remains of former
President Corazon Aquino as it was
being transferred from La Salle
Greenhills to the Manila Cathedral
and from the Cathedral to her final
resting place at the Manila Memorial
Park in Paranaque City.
Lt. Col.Romeo Brawner, Jr., AFP
Public Affairs Office (PAO) chief,
the six honor guards- Army PFC
Antonio Cadiente, Airman 2nd Class
Gener Laguindam, Navy Petty Officer
3 Edgardo Rodriguez, Army
PFC Rico Seno, Seaman First Class Arturo Roadilla Jr,
and Airman 1st Class Sherwin Del Rosario - received
military merit medals and plaques of
recognition from AFP Vice Chief of
Staff, Lt. Gen. Rodrigo Maclang. "
Cadiente, Laguindam, and Rodriguez
stood as honor guards to their
former Commander-in-Chief during
the almost nine-hour funeral procession
from the Manila Cathedral to
Manila Memorial Park, while Seno,
Roadilla, and Del Rosario escorted
the late President Aquino's remains
when it was transferred from La Salle
Greenhills to the Manila Cathedral
on August 3.
Brawner said the honor guards
were given military merit medals
and plaque of recognition "for having
shown exemplary performance,
endurance, extraordinary display of
discipline and professionalism that gave all
praises to the AFP."
Maclang, who graced the awarding
expressed joy and pride in the
outpouring of praises and admiration,
especially to Cadiente, Laguindam,
and Rodriguez who stood still beside
the former President's casket for
more than eight houts amid intermittent
weather condition on August 5.
As this developed, the Philippine
National Police (PNP) is eyeing the
inclusion of the feat of Police Officer
2 Danilo Malab, Jr. and the three
soldiers, who stood 'at attention for
almost nine hours while serving
as honor guard during the funeral
procession on a flatbed truck carrying
the coffin of the late former
President Corazon Aquino last Tuesday;
to the Guinness Book of World

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