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Libingan burial for fallen frontliners proposed

Keith A. Calayag

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A grave at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani. (Al Padilla)

A partylist lawmaker is proposing that every frontliner who succumbs to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) be buried with state honors at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani.

Ako Bicol Rep. Alfredo Garbin said frontliners who died in line of duty deserve to be laid to rest at the soldiers’ cemetery “because of their supreme sacrifice for love of country, loyalty to the people, and devotion to their profession.”

Garbin suggested that protocols should still be followed with the remains to be first cremated before transfer to the cemetery after the health crisis together with the corresponding ceremony.

When Congress reconvenes, Garbin said he will request the House leadership to approve his motion for the House of Representatives to express gratitude to all the frontliners who joined the battle against COVID-19.

Meanwhile, BHW Party-list Rep. Angelica Natasha Co is asking the Committee on Honors to recommend to President Rodrigo Duterte the issuance of an executive order amending the Honors Code of the Philippines “to establish a new honor to be named after the most beloved and most highly-esteemed Secretary of Health our country has ever had, Dr. Juan M. Flavier.”

“We further propose that the Gawad Juan Flavier shall have a stature equal to the Order of National Scientists and Order of National Artists, with the same gratuities and privileges,” Co said.

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