MANILA, Philippines — Former President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III on Saturday afternoon was laid to rest beside his parents, democracy icons former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. and former President Corazon Aquino, in solemn rites, attended by family and friends.
At 1:43 p.m., Noynoy’s youngest sibling Kris Aquino placed his urn inside the tomb.
The patriotic song “Bayan Ko” was performed as his tomb was being sealed.
Earlier in the day, hundreds of mourners carrying yellow ribbons and Aquino’s pictures lined the funeral route in sending off the former President as it passed through C5 and SLEX from Ateneo de Manila to the Manila Memorial Park.
The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) also honored Aquino with a water salute, forming a water arch, as the funeral convoy exited the Ateneo grounds to Katipunan Avenue and along Dr. A. Santos Avenue before entering the Manila Memorial.
The funeral convoy lasted around 1 hour and 15 minutes from Quezon City to Parañaque City.
Upon the convoy’s arrival to the Manila Memorial Park, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) gave the former commander in chief full military honors.
The former president’s urn was welcomed by AFP chief of staff Gen. Cirilito Sobejana and Philippine National Police chief PGen. Guillermo Eleazar.
Part of the arrival honors is the playing of the national anthem and a 21-gun salute.
The honor guards then brought the urn to a funeral carriage adorned with yellow flowers.
A funeral march, participated by PNoy’s family, friends, and high-ranking AFP officials, was then given in honor of the former chief executive.
A Philippine Air Force helicopter dropped yellow flowers before the funeral march started and the BFP offered another water salute during the procession.
Before the inurnment, the Philippine flag was held by the honor guards on top of Aquino’s urn as AFP officials gave their final salutes.
Another 21-gun salute followed, after which, the Philippine flag was folded. Gen. Sobejana, in turn, then presented to Aquino’s sister Ballsy Aquino-Cruz. —/mbmf