The 60 remains that have been stored for a long time at a funeral home in Muntinlupa have been removed.
It was 3 o’clock in the morning when Bureau of Corrections personnel went to the morgue to take the 60 unclaimed bodies of PDLs from the morgue to the BuCor to be buried at 7 o’clock in the morning at the New Bilibid Prison Cemetery.
Some of these corpses have been in the morgue for 11 months.
On November 9, the BuCor buried 10 bodies of PDLs after discovering more than 176 more unclaimed bodies of PDLs piled up in the morgue of the funeral home. This is the number of PDL casualties as of December 2021.
BuCor’s protocol, when the dead bodies have not been claimed for more than 90 days, they are buried at the NBP Cemetery.
But the BuCor officer in charge, Gregorio Catapang, mentioned that the PDL corpses were piled up because of the lack of a proper system or because the relatives were not notified immediately.
There is no data yet on how many unclaimed bodies of PDLs remain at the funeral home because the bodies are said to be coming in and out and only BuCor knows the correct numbers.
Skeletal remains discovered at DOJ construction site
Meanwhile, skeletal remains were discovered at a construction site inside the Department of Justice (DOJ) building in Manila, Thursday afternoon.
According to Luisito Santos of Super Radyo dzBB, the skull and other bone fragments were discovered at the construction site of a four-story building being built behind the DOJ’s main building.
“Merong mga skeletal remains na narecover because of the ongoing construction. Syempre, like any, we treat it like a crime scene. So pinatawag natin ang NBI ngayon to look into it,” Justice Undersecretary Brigido Dulay said.
He claimed that Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remilla gave them the go-ahead to look into the skeleton remains right away.
Dulay declined to respond when asked if any additional skeletal remains had been found previously based on his first-hand knowledge.
While performing excavation work at the DOJ in 2009, construction crews also discovered pieces of human skeleton, including two skulls that were thought to have been buried over 25 years earlier.