Around 200 human bones, including a number of skulls, found scattered inside the Manila North Cemetery (MNC) have finally been laid to rest in a mass graving ceremony on Wednesday.
A statement from the local government of Manila confirmed the burial and clarified that the operation was done after Manila Health Department chief Dr. Arnold Pangan issued a memorandum saying that the cemetery could no longer trace the remains to their owners.
“Natagpuan lang ang mga bungo at buto na nakakalat at tinapon kung saan saan, sa ibabaw ngapartment, 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.
The burial was led by Rev. Fr. Artemio Fabros, parish priest of San Jose de Manggagawa de Manuguit. The collected human skeleton parts were then mass entombed.
According to Castañeda, the previous MNC administration gave no explanation as to why there were so many scattered bones or where they could have come from.
The graving was deemed the most respectful way to remove the bones from the cemetery’s grounds.
“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.