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P-Noy Did Not Ignore Arrival Honors For Slain Elite Cops – Malacanang

Christine Kiangan, widow of Noble Kiangan, one of the 44 members of the elite police commandos killed last Sunday during the Philippines' biggest single-day combat loss in recent years, reaches out to her son as he touches a commando's flag-draped coffin at Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig city, south of Manila, Philippines, on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. On Friday, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III promised grieving relatives of the slain commandos that government forces will capture suspected bomb-maker Abdul Basit Usman. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Christine Kiangan, widow of Noble Kiangan, one of the 44 members of the elite police commandos killed last Sunday during the Philippines' biggest single-day combat loss in recent years, reaches out to her son as he touches a commando's flag-draped coffin at Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig city, south of Manila, Philippines, on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. On Friday, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III promised grieving relatives of the slain commandos that government forces will capture suspected bomb-maker Abdul Basit Usman. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino was not scheduled to join the arrival honors for the slain cops in Maguindanao, Malacañang clarified on Thursday.

After receiving negative reactions for Aquino’s absence at Villamor Airbase, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte explained the President is instead scheduled to lead the necrological services at Camp Bagong Diwa at 10 a.m. on Friday.

Valte told Palace reporters that the government officials assigned to lead the arrival honors were Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II and Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina.

Erica Pabalinas, widow of Police Senior Inspector Ryan Pabalinas, mourns before the flag-draped coffin of her late husband, who along with 43 others perished last Sunday during the Philippines' biggest single-day combat loss in recent years, at Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig city, south of Manila, Philippines, on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. On Friday, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III promised grieving relatives of the slain commandos that government forces will capture suspected bomb-maker Abdul Basit Usman. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Erica Pabalinas, widow of Police Senior Inspector Ryan Pabalinas, mourns before the flag-draped coffin of her late husband, who along with 43 others perished last Sunday during the Philippines’ biggest single-day combat loss in recent years, at Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig city, south of Manila, Philippines, on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. On Friday, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III promised grieving relatives of the slain commandos that government forces will capture suspected bomb-maker Abdul Basit Usman. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

According to media report, however, said PNP officials expected Aquino’s presence at the event.

Instead, Aquino, the day after giving a national address on the Mamasapano encounter that left 44 PNP Special Action Force (SAF) members dead, attended the inauguration of a manufacturing plant in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

The President’s decision angered netizens, especially after declaring a National Day of Mourning for the policemen who were allegedly killed in an encounter with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) on Sunday.

Twitter users said Aquino seemed to have prioritized business over sympathizing with the family of the slain policemen.

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