Lucero given military honors

By Gretchen Malalad, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 04 2013 03:47 PM | Updated as of Jun 04 2013 11:47 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The remains of Brig. Gen. Daniel Lucero were brought from Pagadian to the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Lucero, the commander of the Philippine Army’s 1st Tabak Infantry Division, was given military honors by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Lucero's wife, Connie, and his relatives were present at the Villamor Airbase.

According to Army spokesperson Major Tesa Gangan, they are grieving the loss of one of the most outstanding soldiers of the Philippine Army.

They are also extending their condolences to the bereaved family.

Army commander Lt. Gen. Noel Coballes, likewise, said Lucero is a great loss to the Army. He said Lucero was one of the generals considered candidates for Army chief.

The AFP earlier said Lucero was diving at Tabak beach, Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur during the reception of newly assigned 2LTs when he collapsed last Sunday.

He was declared dead at the Mendero Hospital in Pagadian City.

Investigation is still ongoing as to the cause of Lucero's death since it is still unclear whether it was a diving accident or a heart attack.

Lucero's remains were brought to the Libingan ng mga Bayani where his body will remain at the mortuary chapel.

A necrological service will be held on Friday night. He will be laid to rest on June 8, Saturday, at 12 noon.