By virtue of Proclamation No. 953, s. 2015, this Friday, January 30, 2015, has been declared a National Day of Mourning. All public institutions and military installations, are instructed to lower the Philippine flag to half-mast in honor of the members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force that fell during an armed encounter in Maguindanao last Sunday, as well as a sign of solidarity with their families.
The necrological service will be led by President Benigno S. Aquino III on the National Day of Mourning. It will be held at Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig, at 10:00 a.m.
The President conferred the Medalya ng Katapangan (the PNP Medal of Bravery) on the honored dead by placing the medal atop their coffins.
The remains of the members of the PNP Special Action Force arrived Thursday morning at Villamor Air Base in caskets draped with the Philippine flag. This was done in recognition of and to honor their service to the nation.