33 unclaimed bodies given decent burial in Zamboanga | Inquirer News
Close  
SUSPECTED COVID CASES

33 unclaimed bodies given decent burial in Zamboanga

/ 04:35 AM December 01, 2021

MASS GRAVE: Unclaimed bodies kept in a morgue in Zamboanga City for a year are buried in a mass grave. (Photo courtesy of the Zamboanga City Information Office)

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines — The city government buried 33 bodies, which had not been claimed for almost a year after these were given rites for the dead in a public cemetery at Barangay Talabaan here on Monday.

Maria Socorro Rojas, city social welfare officer, said 25 of the 33 bodies were males and seven were females. A fetus, whose gender had not been determined, was also buried.

ADVERTISEMENT

She said some of the unclaimed bodies could be crime victims found in deserted areas in the city. Others died of natural causes in public hospitals or on the streets.

Belen Sheila Covarrubias, Zamboanga City information officer, said all the remains were suspected COVID-19 cases although these were not subjected to tests because most had been dead for several hours before their bodies were found. An ordinance mandates the local government, through the City Social Welfare and Development Office, to conduct mass burial for unclaimed remains every year, with the city shouldering the expenses for embalming, storage and coffins.

FEATURED STORIES

Profiles released by the city government showed that most of the unclaimed remains belonged to people who died of hypertension, natural causes, dehydration and other ailments. Seven died of unknown causes while two had bullet wounds.

—JULIE S. ALIPALA
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Zamboanga City unclaimed dead bodies
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

News that matters

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.