cory aquino’s 4 honor guards give us pride and honor to the country – photos & news
we think the four honor guards of cory aquino during the burial were magnificent men of honor and duty. they stood there for more than 8 hours, snappy and straight without rest through heavy rain, dryness, bumps on the road and inclines.
we think these gentlemen of the military deserve the highest honor and commendation.
we will publish here more photos of these four gentlemen as our tribute to their professionalism and dedication. they make us proud.
Sen. Pilar Juliana “Pia” Cayetano said the Senate should commend the honor guards who stood by the late Mrs. Aquino’s casket while the country witnessed the final journey of the democratic icon from the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros to the Manila Memorial Park in Paranaque City despite the inclement weather.
The honor guards who are being considered for commendation are PO1 Danilo Maalab (representing the Philippine National Police), Private First Class Antonio Cadiente (Army), Airman Second Class Gener Laguindan (Air Force) and Petty Officer III Edgardo Rodriguez (Navy).
Cop endures 8-hour Aquino funeral cortege
By Abigail Kwok
First Posted 14:33:00 08/06/2009
MANILA, Philippines—For Police Officer 1 Danilo Malab Jr., standing on top of a moving truck for more than eight hours amid heavy rains as a guard at the cortege of former president Corazon Aquino was one of the most unforgettable experiences of his life.
He did not feel thirst nor did he feel the need to relieve himself despite long hours of standing snappily on top of the flat-bed truck.
“Hindi ko na inisip yung hirap kasi isang malaking karangalan ang mapaglingkuran ang dating pangulong Aquino (I did not think about the difficulties because it’s a great honor to serve former president Aquino),” Malab said in an interview Thursday.
Malab was one of the four honor guards that stood guarding the casket of Aquino as she was brought from the Manila Cathedral in Manila to the Manila Memorial Park in Paranaque City on Wednesday.
During the length of his interview, Malab was still standing snappily, holding his cap close to his chest.
The timid, 25-year old rookie policeman said the only thing he thought of as the cortege slowly made its way amid a sea of crowds was God.
“Dasal lang ako ng dasal para mabigyan ako ng mahabang stamina na maihatid si Ma’am Cory sa Manila Memorial (I just kept praying that I would be given the stamina to be able to bring Ma’am Cory to Manila Memorial),” Malab said.
He revealed that he only learned that he was to serve as honor guard for Aquino’s funeral procession early Wednesday morning.
Malab, who entered the police force on June 2008, said that the policeman initially chosen to serve as honor guard backed out because of poor health.
His simple breakfast of eggs and dried beef was what gave him the energy to endure the long funeral procession.
But Malab admitted that the first thing he did after the funeral procession was to go to the bathroom.
“Dumiretso ako sa CR pagkatapos (I went straight to the CR after),” he said.
Malab, a member of the Escort and Honor Guard Battalion, said he was greeted by cheers from his co-policemen.
Some even offered to treat him to a drink but he declined, saying he was not fond of drinking alcohol.
Philippine National Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Leonardo Espina said Malab would be given commendation for his duty as Aquino’s honor guard.
“He is a symbol of discipline when he endured the eight-hour funeral procession,” Espina added.
breaking news has it that this cop was promoted to the next higher rank in recognition of his professionalism and dedication to his duty.