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article imageNaval warship used in burying Osama bin Laden lands in Manila

By Leo Reyes     May 16, 2011 in World
The US Naval warship which carried the remains of Osama bin Laden to its burial place in the Arabian sea after he was killed in Pakistan has landed in Manila.
The Philippine government said the visit of the US Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinzon is part of the mutual defense agreement and cooperation with the United States.
Philippine President Noynoy Aquino and his entourage toured the US warship on invitation by US Ambassador Harry Thomas, Jr. After the tour, the president met with Filipino crew and officials of the aircraft carrier.
The president was earlier criticized by militant groups on his visit and tour of the aircraft carrier saying the visit shows Aquino's puppet government. Other groups says the visit could agitate or cause a backlash from extremist groups sympathetic to the slain terrorist. reports, "The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) also denounced the visit of the US carrier, calling it a “shameless display of master-puppet relationship.”
“It would appear that Aquino was summoned by the US government, which had him flown to the US carrier, bypassing standard diplomatic procedures,” the CPP said in a statement.
The Philippines had placed its defence forces on red alert following the death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan by US Navy operatives.
A small group of al-Qaeda and bin Laden's supporters are active in southern Philippines and are believed to be responsible for various acts of terrorism in the south. reports, "On May 2, the body of the architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States was placed in a “weighted bag,” put on a flat board and tipped into the sea, according to an Associated Press report".
"Senior US officials had claimed his body was disposed of in accordance with Islamic traditions, which involve ritual washing, shrouding and burial within 24 hours" the report added.
Officials said bin Laden was buried at sea because there reportedly no country that was willing to accept his remains.
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