Robredo’s remains back in Naga CityINQUIRER.net
MANILA, Philippines – Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo’s remains were returned to his hometown on Sunday.
The plane carrying his casket arrived at the Naga City airport from Villamor Air Base in Manila a little past 9 a.m.
Under an overcast skies, nine honor guards from the Philippine National Police carried the casket draped in Philippine flag.
After the Arrival Honors, the casket was loaded into the hearse at 9:23 a.m. and the cortege left the airport going to the Naga City Hall, about seven kilometers away, where A mass will be held for him.
At 2 p.m., a necrological service will be held by Nagas pastors and ministers, according to the schedule posted in government’s official website.
His wake will be opened for public viewing from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. before offering another Mass. The public viewing will open again from 9 p.m. to 12:00 midnight.
Earlier at the Villamor Air Base, President Benigno Aquino III led high-ranking government officials and Cabinet members a 15-minute departure honors, TV reports said.
As early as 6 a.m, policemen lined up along Quirino Avenue and Osmena Hi-way to pay their last respect for Robredo, who was killed with his two pilots in a plane crash in the waters off Masbate City last August 18.
For the second time, a “water salute” was also offered for Robredo when his funeral cortege passed through the South Expressway, Communication Secretary Ricky Carandang said on his Twitter.
Robredo will be laid to rest on Tuesday in Naga City. With Juan Escandor Jr., Inquirer Southern Luzon.
Originally posted at 9:28 am | Sunday, August 26, 2012