- Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) holds final tribute to outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino III on June 27
- Upon the request of the outgoing commander-in chief, the ceremonies will be as simple as possible
- There will be no air force fly-by during the testimonial
- Highlight of the ceremonies include the final military parade
Before President Benigno S. Aquino III steps down from Malacañang on June 30, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will hold its final salute to the outgoing commander-in-chief on June 27.
AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said the military’s top brass and senior leaders who served under Aquino’s administration will lead the testimonial parade, an article published on GMA News Online mentioned.
Padilla, on the other hand, noted that the outgoing president requested that the ceremonies will be “toned down” which mean that it will be held as simple as possible without sacrificing the necessary military protocols, customs and tradition entailed during the activity.
As such, Padilla disclosed that there will be no air force fly-by during the testimonial.
According to the AFP spokesperson, the AFP’s capability increased more significantly during the administration of Aquino as he added that the support of outgoing administration to the military “greatly exceeds the support provided by the last three administrations combined.”
Highlight of the ceremonies include the final military parade to honor and pay tribute to the outgoing commander-in-chief.
Padilla stressed the activity is the AFP’s expression of gratitude for the leadership and support provided by the Honoree for the institution.
Meanwhile, the outgoing president is all set to leave Malacañang as he started packing up and is more than ready to step down from his post at noontime of June 30.
An established practice that the outgoing and the incoming President would meet, insinuating that Outgoing President Aquino, who will be succeeded by President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, before the latter takes his oath is likewise anticipated by many.