The late Gov. Agustin Perdices of Negros Oriental, who died Wednesday last week, will be accorded full military honors during his burial this afternoon at the Dumaguete Memorial Park.
A final coordinating conference was held yesterday afternoon by Negros Oriental provincial police director Senior Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas, with the Traffic Management Office of Dumaguete, police chiefs and representatives from the Philippine Army on arrangements for the funeral services.
Perdices, 76, succumbed to stomach cancer after having served as governor for a little over six months after taking over when Gov. Emilio Macias II, who was re-elected on May 10, died on June 13 last year.
Perdices will be buried next to his late wife, Eugenia.
His remains will be transferred from the City Hall, where he lay in state for the past two days, to the St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral at 8 a.m. today, on request of City administrator William Ablong, who, Lawas said, told him this was the request of the family through Perdices' only son, Agustin Miguel.
Ablong said this is also to accommodate the friends and supporters who want to hold a vigil for Perdices, who had served as mayor of Dumaguete for 19 years.
A requiem Mass is scheduled at 2 p.m. to be officiated by Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, former bishop of the Diocese of Dumaguete.
Lawas said traffic shall be re-routed while security will be provided by both the police and the Philippine Army.
Lawas said the funeral procession route will be: exit Cathedral Church and turn right at Perdices Street, turn left to Colon Street going to the Rizal Boulevard, turn left again northward along the boulevard to Chin Loong Restaurant at the junction of San Jose Street, final turn left and straight on to the Dumaguete Memorial Park.
Traffic will be diverted in some areas of the city. People who want to send off the late governor are encouraged to walk with the procession, he also said.
Those who wish to take their vehicles with them are advised to go ahead to the cemetery to avoid a traffic backlog.
Full military honors will be given to him, including a 21-gun salute and a marching band.*JFP
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