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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).

cory aquino's honor guards

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.

cory aquino's honor guards

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.

cory aquino's honor guards

this was how they stood at the start, this one at top of quirino avenue just after the turn at roxas boulevard


cory aquinos honor guard

in front of magallanes around 4 pm, they still stood the same way they did at the start of the procession

  1. samvoy
    August 7, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Besides the commendation I believe these 4 honor guards should be given a special BONUS. If all of us can share kahit “PISO-PISO” lang, then we can give these magnificent men in uniform a little gift for their excellent performance.

    • August 7, 2009 at 1:23 pm

      news reports says they will be given P25T each.

  2. ted!!...
    August 11, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    that was very gallant for them to stand that eight long hours of agony, standing with honor just with Pres. Cory’s casket. Though the cortege unbelievably lasted for long hours, they stood with pride.. It is a great satisfaction to see people like this serving someone who has served us well!! Mabuhay kayong Fantstic Four !!…!!!

  3. August 25, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    fantastic 4, f4 thank you for the privilege of meeting you in person and getting to know each of you. despite the praises and admiration, you remained humble and down to earth. mabuhay kayo.. hope you will remember me hanggang sa huli..

    • August 25, 2009 at 11:00 pm

      please tell us more about the f4 you met.

  4. August 28, 2009 at 9:31 am

    yes the first time i met them was august 11 when i was invited by afp spokesperson for photo opts i invited them to watch wanders,a show in pagcor, i then arranged it with my boss and then we had a schedule last aug 22. these people came from humble beginnings. they are not even pmayers. you can see in them no pride in them. tehy are not aware of their popularity at all. after that event the other one pfc cadiente went to my house to get his picture with the wanders cast.i treated him and his friend fo dinner at pagcor. until now some of them are texting about thier pictures.. the cd is still with me.. i asked cadiente to sign my afp calender beside the siganture to gen. yano, he wouldnt kasi daw gen yano was chief of staff while he is only a neophyte in the army.

    • August 28, 2009 at 9:40 am

      ask them to go the wawam blogs to see their pictures. can also arrange for them get copies of their pictures compiled in a CD if they like. thanks for sharing.

    • August 28, 2009 at 9:42 am

      using the picture on the very top of this post – can you identify their names, from left to right? will re-post the picture/s with their names properly identified. thanks.

  5. August 28, 2009 at 9:34 am

    i am agreeable with the piso piso the problem is who will initiate it?

  6. samvoy
    August 28, 2009 at 11:00 am

    That is also the concern I have. But if this suggestion will be carried by people with social influence then this can have an easy beginning.

  7. September 8, 2009 at 3:27 pm


    the two in front are private first class antonio cadiente from the army (wearing green gala) and the other on is A2C Gener Laguindam (blue gala) from the Aif Force. The two at the back is POS Edgardo Rodriguez (white gala uniform from the NAvy and Danila Malab (blue) is from the PNP.

  8. September 8, 2009 at 3:36 pm


    well you can start with your own group or the groups pushing noynoy’s candidacy. i really dont know, kasi im new to blogging and computer stuff i still dont have groups to tap. As i’ve known them, the piso piso thing will really help them a lot. one of them even came to my house in a tricycle to get his pictures.

  9. Jessie Songcuya
    November 16, 2009 at 5:38 am

    The 4 guards who endured the longest procession are declared as the next generation national heroes!

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