By: : LIEUTENANT COLONEL EDGARD A AREVALO PN(M)
Director, Naval Public Affairs Office
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
The Philippine Navy pays homage today, 25 August 2010 to the Chinese nationals who were killed during the hostage taking at the Quirino Grandstand this week. Dressed in their white uniforms, over 20 Sailors will act as pall-bearers and render plane-side honors as the remains of the eight victims will be flown from NAIA Terminal I to Hongkong at 5 PM today via a Cathay Pacific flight. In observance of the Chinese tradition, there will be no marching band and Sailors will not be carrying firearms.
The act is the Navy’s gesture of showing sympathy to the people of Hong Kong as the Philippines observes a National Day of Mourning today. The Philippine flag in all Navy bases also fly at half mast in this symbolic gesture of sympathy and respect.