By Froilan Gallardo
The late president Ferdinand Marcos will be accorded a 21-gun salute upon his burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Friday, November 11.
Lorenzana said no state funeral will be given but will instead be following the military tradition of burying “a soldier who have done a service to his country.”
He said the Armed Forces of the Philippines has prepared a rifle party of seven Army soldiers who will deliver the succession of volley shots during the burial of the late president.
“It will be a normal funeral. The rifle party is the only involvement of this administration although we will secure the Libingan premises from protesters,” Lorenzana told reporters during a gathering of veterans in Cagayan de Oro City.
Lorenzana said the Marcoses will take charge of the burial arrangements and shoulder all the expenses.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed all the petitions filed against Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, essentially paving the way for it.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the Marcos will be buried at the Libingan before the year ends.