Mass burial held for bones, skulls scattered inside Manila North Cemetery

Maris Federez   •   August 14, 2019   •   287

Around 200 pieces of skull and bones scattered inside the Manila North Cemetery (MNC) had been gathered and given proper burial on Tuesday (August 13).

MNC Director Yayay Castañeda said the pieces of bones and skulls were scattered around the cemetery – along the apartment-type crypts, unmarked graves and on the roof of structures.

Castañeda said this is their way of paying respect and giving dignity to the recovered remains of those departed.

The mass burial was done after Manila Health Department chief Dr. Arnold Pangan said in a memorandum that they have no way of identifying the collected bones and skulls.

The mass grave is located at the Main Circle of the Manila North Cemetery. /mbmf

New human species found in Philippine cave

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 11, 2019

Callao cave in the Philippines

New species of ancient humans were found in Callao cave in the Philippines.

The discovery was announced on the website of the multidisciplinary science journal, Nature on Wednesday (April 10). The new species called Homo luzonensis, was reported to have lived in Luzon at least 50,000 to 67,000 years ago.

It provided the earliest direct evidence of human presence in the Philippines, according to the study.

The Homo luzonensis was identified through examination of a thigh bone, seven teeth, two foot bones and two hand bones.

With the new discovery, Luzon becomes the third Southeast Asian island in the last 15 years that bears the signs of unexpectedly ancient human activity.—Aileen Cerrudo

Albayalde inspects bus terminal, cemeteries ahead of Undas

Marje Pelayo   •   October 31, 2018

 

 

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde inspects a bus in line with Undas 2018

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Police Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde inspected the Araneta bus terminal and the Manila North Cemetery— the largest cemetery in the country— on Wednesday (October 31).

Albayalde wanted to ensure the safety of passengers bound for the provinces this Undas.

The PNP Chief said he is satisfied with the security measures laid by his men.

He also observed that the passengers have learned their lessons as only a few individuals were caught in possession of illegal items.

Authorities recovered only light items like fork, kitchen knife, needle and thread, and other pointed objects.

One traveler however, was questioned for having bullets of M16 rifle in his possession.

“As of this time wala tayong na report nationwide na any untoward incident except dito lang na may nakuhang mangilan ngilan na bala kaninang umaga …. nasa station siya at he is being investigated at tinitingnan nagin kung totoo ang kanyang alibi na napulot niya lang yun,” Albayalde said.

He checked on provincial buses and reminded drivers to observe safe driving while he advised travelers to secure their houses before leaving.

Also, the PNP Chief visited the Manila North cemetery where 500 cops are strategically stationed.

“So far wala tayong nakuhang threat whatsoever although sabi ko nga with or without threat ay kailangang bantayan ang ating mga kababayan,” Albayalde said.

He also reminded the public of the liquor ban being implemented inside the facility. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Mass graves with 166 bodies found in eastern Mexico

admin   •   September 7, 2018

 

Forensics at crime scene | REUTERS

The bodies of 166 people have been found in the Mexican state of Veracruz, prosecutors said on Thursday (September 06), the latest in a string of grim discoveries made in the eastern region in recent years.

State attorney general Jorge Winckler told a news conference that investigators discovered the bodies in 32 graves in the central part of the state after an Aug. 8 tip from an unidentified person that they had been dumped there.

Veracruz has long been wracked by violent crime and is an important trafficking route for drug gangs moving narcotics north towards the U.S. border.

Winckler did not reveal the precise location of the graves.

Analysis of the remains indicated the bodies had probably not been there for more than two years, he said.

In March 2017, Winckler announced the discovery of more than 250 skulls in unmarked graves in the state. — Reuters

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