A senior ex-combatant, who wishes to remain anonymous, expressed his disgust regarding the absence of a firing party, and that the late Sir Michael Ogio was not accorded a gun salute at his burial.
“Those present were expecting a military burial but were disappointed when their leader was laid down silently.”
He explained that at any funeral of a head of state, the military takes charge of things from the day of death to the burial. However, it was reported that the PNGDF contingent to the burial in Bougainville was downsized and the firing party removed.
Furthermore, as posted on social media and reported in the two dailies, there was a poor turnout of ABG leaders.
“This is very disappointing, especially at the burial,” stated the ex-combatant.
(PNGDF personnel lowering the body of the late GG at Suangu Village. Picture courtesy of David Braun)