The Former Philippine President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III was finally laid to rest on June 26th, Saturday afternoon. The former president died on June 24th, succumbing to renal disease secondary to diabetes.
The urn with Noynoy’s ashes was put inside the tomb by his youngest sibling, television host, and actress Kris Aquino.
The ex-president’s ashes were placed just beside his parents’ tombs. The icons of democracy in Philippine history, Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. and the former president Corazon “Cory” Aquino.
Upon the inurnment, the song entitled “To Dream, the Impossible Dream” was played live.
The Ateneo de Manila University’s hymn was played before the inurnment. Archbishop Socrates Villegas preceded the closing prayers for the departed Aquino. As a young boy, Aquino spent most of his elementary up to tertiary years at the AdMU.
When the final prayers were done, the honor guards held the Philippines’ flag upon the ex-president’s urn as the AFP officials granted their last salutes.
The soldiers presented the 21-gun salute, and then the military members folded the Philippines’ flag.
General Cirilito Sobejana, chief-of-staff and the Armed Forced of the Philippines, offered the folded Philippines’ flag to Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, Aquino’s sister.
Were there political personalities present?
There are some, and most of these are from the same party list with the late Aquino. Vice Pres. Leni Robredo, former Sen. Bam Aquino, Sen. Francis Pangilinan, former Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares, Basilan Representative Mujiv Hataman are the reports provided by GMA News’ Mav Gonzales.
Yellow flowers are everywhere, from the funeral carriage to the ones dropped by the Philippine Air Force’s helicopter.
May he rest in peace.