What happens in a state funeral?

Communications Undersecretary Manolo Quezon explains in detail the state funeral of the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo on Tuesday, August 28

PRACTICE: The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) practice for the State Funeral for the late DILG Sec Jesse Robredo

NAGA CITY, Philippines – Aside from a state funeral, the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo will be conferred the Philippine Legion of Honor with the rank of Chief Commander, the highest award that the President can give without congressional approval.

How different is a state funeral? Undersecretary of Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Manolo Quezon explains in this video.

Below is the schedule on Tuesday, August 28, according to the government’s Committee on Funeral Arrangements and Burial of the late Secretary Jesse M. Robredo:

12:00 am – 8:00 am
Public viewing and vigil at the Basilica Minore de Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia

8:00 am – 10:00 am
Preparations for the Concelebrated Requiem Mass

10:00 am – 11:00 am
Concelebrated Requiem Mass

11:00 am
Conferment by the President of the Philippine Legion of Honor with the rank of Chief Commander (posthumous) on the late Secretary Jesse M. Robredo.


The citation will be read by Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.

The insignia will be presented by the President to Leni Robredo, widow of the late Secretary.

Leni Robredo or a member of the family will give a response.

The President will deliver a eulogy for Secretary Robredo, after which the casket will be brought out of the Basilica by casket bearers from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), accompanied by members of the Cabinet who are the designated honorary pallbearers of the family.

After the conferment ceremonies, Secretary Robredo’s remains will be transported to the Funeraria Imperial for the culmination of the state funeral.

Final honors

The AFP will render departure honors and a 19-gun salute while the national anthem is played at the Basilica.

The casket will be loaded onto the hearse; the funeral cortege will proceed to the Funeraria Imperial.

A PNP band and 4 platoons from the PNP and the AFP will accompany the funeral cortege, preceding the hearse.

Alongside the hearse will be members of the Cabinet on foot serving as the honorary pallbearers.

Following the hearse will be the President, Mrs Robredo, and her children; followed by the late Secretary’s brother and sister, relatives, government officials, and others. The distance to be covered by the funeral cortege is 750 meters, with an estimated marching time of 40 minutes.

At the crematorium, the PNP will render a three-volley salute.

The AFP will play the taps.

After this, the National Flag will be taken off the casket and folded by the PNP-AFP casket bearers. The casket bearers will hand over the flag to the President, who shall then present the folded National Flag to Leni Robredo.

The presentation of the flag will conclude the state funeral. – Rappler.com

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