MRT-3 stations, depot join mourning for Sulu victims
Posted: 2021-Jul-07 09.59.33 UTC+0800
MANILA — The management of Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) ordered all Philippine flags in its stations and depot to be flown at half-mast in honor of the 49 soldiers who died Sunday in the C-130H Hercules military plane crash in Patikul, Sulu.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday, MRT-3 said all its flags will remain at half-mast until Friday.
"[Ito ay] bilang pagbibigay-pugay sa mga biktima ng nasabing insidente na karamihan ay miyembro ng sandatahang lakas, na tapat at buong katapangan ang pagsisilbi sa bayan (This is to pay tribute to the victims of the said incident who were mostly members of the military who faithfully and fearlessly served the country)," it said.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines is still in a period of mourning until July 25 over the death of former President Benigno Aquino III on June 24.
The incident happened the day after the end of the 10-day national period of mourning over Aquino's passing.
Under the Period of National Mourning, the national flag was flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset in all government buildings and installations nationwide and abroad.
Other cities and establishments are bestowing the same honor on the fallen soldiers.
The aircraft bound for Jolo, Sulu carried 96 individuals, including three pilots. It crashed after missing the runway of the Jolo Airport. (PNA)