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Manila North Cemetery buries unclaimed skulls, bones

THE LOCAL government of Manila on Wednesday reported that the Manila North Cemetery (MNC) administration has buried about 200 skulls and bones found scattered inside the cemetery.

In a statement, the local government said the mass graving on Tuesday was done after Manila Health Department chief Dr. Arnold Pangan, through a memorandum, said they can no longer trace the owners of the collected skulls and bones.

Natagpuan lang ang mga bungo at buto na nakakalat at tinapon kung saan saan, sa ibabaw ng apartment, bubong at mga gilid gilid ng mga bahay (The skulls and bones were found scattered and dumped everywhere, on top of the apartments, roofs, and sides of the houses in the cemetery), ” MNC director Yayay Castañeda said.

Castañeda added that the previous MNC administration gave no explanation as to why the skulls and bones were scattered.

Rev. Fr. Artemio Fabros of parish priest San Jose de Manggagawa de Manuguit led the blessing and mass entombment of the collected parts of human skeletons.

Ito ay paraan ng pagbibigay ng respeto at dignidad sa mga yumaong mahal natin sa buhay (This is a way to give respect and dignity to our departed loved ones),” Castañeda said.(By Ma. Teresa Montemayor)

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