MANILA (UPDATE) - The Philippine Marines marked Independence Day on Monday with a tribute for their 13 comrades who were killed while battling terrorists in Marawi City.
Most of the 13 Marines were killed by a mortar round during a clash against the Maute group on Friday.
Three of the fatalities have been brought home to their respective provinces in Mindanao while the other 8 were given full military honors in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig on Monday.
Two other Marines, whose remains arrived in the Marines Base last Saturday, were also given military honors.
Vice President Leni Robredo attended Monday's rites and condoled with the families of the slain Marines.
Marines commandant Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Salama meanwhile guaranteed that government assistance will be given to the bereaved families. -- With a report from Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News