Skeletal remains unearthed at DOJ site from 3-5 people

November 25, 2022 Hector Lawas 174 views

THE skeletal remains unearthed from the construction site at the Department of Justice (DOJ) compound in Manila could belong to three to five persons, Assistant Secretary and concurrent spokesperson Atty. Mico Clavano said on Friday.

“So near the surface may nahukay na mga bones, mga buto, skeleton. And yung remains mga 3 to 5 sets of skeleton were found barely on the surface,” Clavano said.

While the remains have already been sent to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for examination, Clavano disclosed that the DOJ may tap the forensic expertise of pathologist Dr. Raquel Fortun for further analysis.

” Meron kaming meeting with Dr. Fortun. Darating na naman siya. She seems to have her hands full with the DOJ. So she’ll be here with an anthropologist and she advised us, the next time makuha namin yung ganung klaseng skeletons or remains na not to touch it, ” Clavano said.

Excavation work for the construction of the DOJ library ground to a complete halt after the skeletal remains were recovered on Thursday afternoon.

In 2005, the DOJ recovered at least five (5) skulls and human bones from a different site.

It has been said that Japanese soldiers used a garrison once stood at the DOJ building in the early 1940s.