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AFP holds final tribute for PNoy

The Armed Forces of the Philippines will render its final tribute to President Aquino tomorrow, three days before the outgoing commander-in-chief leaves Malacañang.

Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, AFP spokesperson, said the testimonial, which will take place 3 p.m. in Camp Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City, will be “toned down” upon the request of Aquino.

“In contrast to previous parades, there will be no air force fly-by during this testimonial for the CinC this Monday,” Padilla said.

“The toned down ceremonies are in keeping with the desire of the outgoing CinC to keep the ceremonies as simple as possible without sacrificing the necessary military protocols, customs, and tradition entailed during the activity,” he said.

Padilla added the ceremonies will be the AFP’s final expression of gratitude to Aquino for his leadership and support to the institution.

“The AFP capability build up under the outgoing administration has been the best so far for the AFP and greatly exceeds the support provided by the last three administrations combined,” he added. (Elena L. Aben)