The late former President Elpidio Quirino will finally receive burial rites fit for a head of state after 60 years, according to local reports.
President Benigno Aquino III will lead the re-internment ceremonies for President Quirino tomorrow at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, which happens to be Quirino’s 60th death anniversary.
The special event will be attended by the Quirino family, as well as officials of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).
President Elpidio Quirino, assumed the presidency in April 1948 after President Manuel Roxas suddenly died from a heart attack. He was Senate President pro tempore at the time. He won the presidential elections in 1949, where he enjoyed a four-year term. Like Roxas, President Quirino died from a heart attack in 1956.
Organizers of the event reportedly said that perhaps because Quirino died after his presidency, “he was not accorded a funeral and burial worthy of a head of state.”
Around 1,300 Army, Air Force and Navy officers and ROTC cadets will reportedly be president to perform full military honors for the second post-war commander-in-chief.
Quirino will be the third president to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, after former presidents Carlos P. Garcia and Diosdado Macapagal.
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