No military honors given at Dacera funeral — PH Marine Corps

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 10) — The Philippine Marine Corps said no military honors were given at the funeral rites of Christine Dacera in General Santos City on Sunday.

"No military honors were rendered during the burial of Ms. Christine Dacera. No ceremonies, no flag-draped casket, no volleys of fire that constitute interment honor," Philippine Marine Corps Commandant MGen. Ariel Caculitan said in a statement.

He explained that the uniformed personnel present were reservists requested by Christine's mother Sharon Dacera, who is a Marine reservist, to assist if needed in security matters at the interment, including crowd control, amid concerns regarding COVID-19.

Caculitan said the elder Dacera's request was granted by the commander of the 12th Regional Community Defense Group.

"Wala din naman bawal kung nag-assist sila magbuhat kung makakatulong," Caculitan said, adding no military regulation or policy was violated.

[Translation: There is nothing against assisting in carrying (the casket) if it would help.]

The clarification comes after a photo from Dacera's funeral showed her casket being carried by personnel in uniform.

Dacera was laid to rest more than a week after her controversial death on New Year's Day.

Dacera's family and friends gathered at the Forest Lake Memorial Park in her hometown on Sunday morning for one final view of her remains.

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