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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau



23 March 2018 07:34:13 PM

The House committee on public order and safety chaired by Rep. Romeo Acop tackled four related measures on the proper handling of cadavers of crime victims. These are: House Bill No. 4171 authored by Rep. Robert Ace Barbers, seeking to require mandatory autopsy on bodies of crime victims, deaths under mysterious and suspicious circumstances; HB 4900 authored by Rep. Winston Castelo, seeking to interdict unauthorized disposition of human corpses by individuals, crematoriums and funeral parlors and prescribing penalties for violations; HB 4994 filed by former Rep. Harry Roque, who was represented by Rep. Ciriaco Calalang of the Kabayan Partylist, seeking to prohibit the cremation of bodies of crimes under investigation; and House Resolution 758 authored by Rep. Carlos Roman Uybarreta, urging the Department of Health to adopt and implement rules on the operation of crematoriums to ensure that such facility shall not be used to destroy or conceal evidences of crimes. According to Dr. Raquel Fortun, head of the Department of Pathology of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. and Dr. Ma. Cecilia Lim of the UP-Philippine General Hospital, there is no government system dealing with the proper handling of cadavers of crime victims which include retrieval from the crime scene, autopsy, documentation, and proper disposal. / JA Menroca/G. Engay