TANAUAN CITY, Batangas — Hundreds of individuals turned up on Sunday for the memorial service of Antonio Halili, this current city’s mayor once known as “Little Digong,” for his hard stance on crime.
Under cloudy skies and a light drizzle, Halili, 72, was laid to rest after a final public viewing of the mayor’s remains at City Hall.
Halili’s family wore white, but numerous individuals wore yellow shirts set apart with messages calling for justice.
Halili was killed last Monday as he led city employees in singing the national hymn amid flag-raising rites in front of before City Hall.
President Rodrigo Duterte prior said Halili was engaged with the narcotics trade, the reason the mayor was stripped of his control over the local police a year ago.
Halili’s family and associates have denied the allegation.
Batangas Gov. Hermilando Mandanas and the Tanauan City Council gave Halili a posthumous award for his excellent work as local chief executive.
This was previously Halili’s grandchildren sang a cappella Bon Jovi’s “Bed of Roses”— their grandfather’s favorite song.
“You were taken away from us. [You were] a strong person in every aspect of life. I will do my best to give you justice,” said Halili’s daughter, Angeline, 45.
Halili’s widow, Gina, described the killed mayor as honorable and loving not only to his family as well as to his constituents. The police gave Halili a 21-firearm salute as the Philippine flag was hung over his gold coffin.