DND condoles with kin of late Senate sergeant-at-arms Balajadia

MANILA The Department of National Defense (DND) extended its condolences to the family of former Senate sergeant-at-arms, retired Air Force Major General Jose Balajadia, who passed away due to heart failure on Sunday.

"MGEN (Major General) Balajadia dedicated his life in service to our country and people through his 38 years of active duty as an officer and pilot of the Philippine Air Force, and as the Senate's sergeant-at-arms since 2002, after retiring from the AFP in 1999. He served his country well. May he rest in peace," DND Spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said in a message to reporters.

Balajadia's son, Jet, confirmed the news to reporters.

"Just to provide the correct information, my father passed away at 12:50 a.m. early this morning at the Baguio General Hospital," he said.

The wake will be held at the St. Peter Chapel, Marcos Highway in Baguio City until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10.

Balajadia's remains will be airlifted to Villamor Air Base on Thursday morning, July 11 where a military wake will also be held up until his burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City. The date of the burial has yet to be finalized, his son said.

Balajadia was the Senate's sergeant-at-arms from 2002 until his resignation on June 30. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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