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Fort Andres Bonifacio, Taguig City
May 27, 2016


Army Chief Public Affairs
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Tel. No: 845-9555 loc 5295/5287
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Army explains rules in Libingan ng mga Bayani

FORT BONIFACIO, Taguig City The Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB)
serves as a tribute and resting place, not just for Filipino soldiers and
war veterans, but also for citizens who are considered heroes and
LNMB is also a home to deceased presidents, dignitaries, national
artists, scientists, boy scouts, and AFP chiefs of staff.
Under the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Regulation, remains of
the following deceased persons are qualified, and therefore authorized,
to be interred at the LNMB:
a.) Medal of Valor Awardees;
b.) Presidents or Commander-in-Chief, AFP;
c.) Secretaries of National Defense;
d.) AFP Chiefs of Staff;
e.) Generals/Flag Officers of the AFP;
f.) Active and retired military personnel of the AFP, to include active
draftees and trainees who died in line of duty, and active reservists and
CAFGU Active Auxiliary (CAA) who died in combat operations or

combat-related activities;
g.) Former members of the AFP who laterally entered or joined the
Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Philippine National Police
h.) Veterans of Philippine Revolution of 1890, World War I, World War
II, and recognized guerillas;
i.) Government dignitaries, statesmen, national artist and other
deceased persons whose interment and re-interment has been
approved by the Commander-in-Chief, Congress or the Secretary of
National Defense, and
j.) Former Presidents, Secretaries of Defense, dignitaries, statesmen,
national artists, widows of former Presidents, Secretaries of National
Defense and Chief of Staff.
The same AFP regulation also prescribes who are not qualified to be
interred in LNMB. They are personnel who were dishonorably
separated/ reverted/ discharged from the service; and personnel who
were convicted by final judgment of an offense involving moral
At present, the allocated number of grave sites or plots for the
Presidents or Commander-in-Chief is 46; 94 plots for Secretaries of
National Defense, government dignitaries and statesmen; 133 for the
AFP Chiefs of Staff; 118 for Medal for Valor awardees; 183 for other
generals and flag officers; 5,334 for World War II veterans; and 1,375
for national artists/scientists. The rest of the grave sites are allocated for
the active, retired AFP personnel and veterans.
Currently, there are more or less 49,000 buried in the 103-hectare
The Standing Operating Procedure (SOP) Number 04 of the Philippine
Army enumerates the guidelines and procedures on the arrangement
and conduct of funeral services for deceased Filipino war veterans,
Philippine Army retirees, reserve officers in active and inactive status
and reservists who are under Call-to-Active Duty (CAD) status.
The following govern the composition of funeral escorts to be given to
those who will be buried in LNMB (local commanders may vary the
composition as maybe appropriate to suit local situations):

1) One squad for enlisted personnel with the ranks of Private to

2) One section for enlisted personnel with the ranks of Staff Sergeant
to Master Sergeant;
3) One platoon to officers with the ranks of Lieutenant to Captain;
4) One company of two platoons for Major to one-star rank of
general/flag Officer;
5) One battalion of two companies for two-star rank of general/flag
officer to general (four-star); and civilian VIPs entitled to a gun salute
from 13 to 19 guns;
6) Brigade-size unit of two battalions for President, Ex-President, SND,
USND, CSAFP, or as prescribed by the President, Senate President,
Speaker of the House, SND, or Supreme Court Justices;
The Libingan ng mga Bayani is the property of the Armed Forces of the
Philippines. The Philippine Army is the unit tasked to manage the
operations and maintenance of the said military facility. #
-Office of the Army Chief Public Affairs
Headquarters Philippine Army
Fort Andres Bonifacio, Taguig City
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Army Core Purpose: Serving the People. Securing the Land.