The remains of 42 slain policemen, who were killed in Mamasapano clash with MILF and BIFF, were given arrival honors at the Villamor Airbase, Pasay City on Thursday morning.
Family and relatives of troopers deeply mourned and grieved to see the remains in flag-covered caskets.
High-ranking officials offered condolences with bereaved families of 42 out of 44 fallen service men.
Officials present to pay respect to the family were former President Fidel V. Ramos, Vice President Jejomar Binay, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II, Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., and Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.
President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, who then addressed this day as the national day of mourning was no-show in meeting returned bodies of fallen troops.
Angered Filipinos showed their rage and frustration once knew that the president attended the plant inaguration while bodies of slain SAF men arrived in Manila.
Uploaded pictures seeing President Aquino’s smile during Mitsubishi Motors plant inaguration sparked profound outrage.
Filipinos could not help but to compare chief executive attendance status pointing out that he was able to grace DongYan wedding, grant an interview with Vice Ganda, and attend inaguration of car manufacturing plant in Laguna but was not even present to express sympathy with the bereaved families of SAF cops.
Obama chose to cancel his schedule and attended arrival honors for US troops
Horrific clash comparable to this was happened in the history of the U.S. Special Operations Command also.
Though it sounds like Aquino and US President Barack Obama aren’t cut in the same mold.
Obama canceled a visit to Interstate Moving Service in Springfield, Va., instead he met industry leaders at White House and proceeded to salute the flag-draped caskets of the troops who died in the worst single-day loss of the long Afghan war.
President Obama honered 22 Navy SEALs and eight other American troops killed in Afghanistan last 2011. Reports from those at the scene indicate the president paid his respects to the soldiers in private.
When he arrived at the base, the president boarded each of the two C-17 aircraft that were used to bring the bodies home to pay his respects. He then met with approximately 250 family members and fellow servicemen and women of the soldiers for about 70 minutes to offer his condolences, nationaljournal.com reported.
Aquino missed wake of slain transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude too
Another notable incident where PNoy faced flak for absence was at the wake of transgender slain Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude.
Aquino had said, “In general, I don’t attend wakes of people I don’t know.”
Laude’s mother vented her anger when President failed to attend her son’s wake.
Palace Defended PNoy
Palace defended Aquino on Thursday by saying that he was schedule to lead the necrological service at Camp Bagong Diwa on Friday.
Yet, PNP officials expected PNoy to come and give salute to arrive at honors for SAF fallen heroes.
Still, netizens were not satisfied with the explanation.
Classical comments poured out like this, “Even accountants know what the priorities are when it comes to valuation. Know what to value; know what to prioritize.”