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Departure honors for Aquino set

Accredited journalists are likely to be allowed to cover the departure honors for President Aquino in Malacañang on June 30.

Aquino’s final minutes, including full military honors in the Palace, will be open for coverage to the Malacañang Press Corps but on limited slots due to space constraints, according to the Palace media relations office.

Under the tentative scenario, the outgoing President will be accorded military honors, including a 21-gun salute, as head of state at the sprawling Malacañang garden. This will be the last time the military rendered honors to the incumbent President as head of state.

Aquino is expected to troop the line and receive the salute of the honor guard and bid farewell to the major service commanders.

In a special presidential transition page posted by the Official Gazette, the President-elect traditionally fetches the incumbent President from the Palace. The departure of the incumbent marks the formal act of leaving office for the incumbent who descends the stairs of the Palace for the last time.

After the military honors, the two leaders shake hands and the outgoing President leaves the Palace.