Press Release
June 25, 2008

"Do not bury bodies" - Gordon

Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), Senator Richard Gordon appealed to local government officials not to bury bodies of suspected sea mishap victims to enable their proper identification.

"Do not bury the bodies until we have properly identified each and every one of them. The Red Cross will pick them up and transport them to Manila. By identifying the bodies, this will help give closure to the families of the victims," said Gordon, who was informed that some mayors had ordered the burial of bodies found in their towns.

He requested Justice Secretary Raul Gonzales for help in securing a court order for the exhumation of bodies of sea mishap victims which may have already been buried. This is so that the bodies can be transported to Manila for proper identification.

Gordon has confirmed the availability of 25 seater helicopters from Malampaya contractors that will transport bodies as well as survivors from provinces hit by typhoon Frank to Manila. He earlier requested Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes to secure the commitment of with the Malampaya contractors for the use of their helicopters.

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