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Forensics is not just for crime solving

Forensic pathologist Raquel Fortun talks about the science of  handling and identifying dead bodies in mass disasters

“Think morbid,” renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Raquel Fortun told the students huddled in front of her as a monitor showed photos of dead bodies lining the road in the grim aftermath of Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”

Posted: September 2nd, 2014 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

After disaster, tallying death toll difficult

Amid the chaos of a natural disaster, tallying an accurate death toll is often difficult and sometimes not a priority.

Posted: November 14th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

NBI sends medico-legal, forensics teams to identify ‘Yolanda’ victims

NBI officer-in-charge Medardo De Lemos. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The National Bureau of Investigation has sent medico legal and forensic experts to Tacloban City and other areas hit by supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) to help in identifying bodies of victims, its top official said.

Posted: November 13th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Probers look into Serendra apartment’s engineering issues

A section of Two Serendra condominium hit by an explosion in the upscale Bonifacio Global City. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Finding no traces of bomb chemicals through the debris, probers of the powerful explosion that ripped through a posh apartment building in Taguig City on Friday night, started looking into the building’s possible engineering issues.

Posted: June 2nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

Forensics team racing to finish identifying typhoon fatalities


A forensics team from the National Bureau of Investigation is working double time to process hundreds of dead bodies left in the wake of Typhoon “Pablo” so these could be identified and buried before the year ends.

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »