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KENTEX DVI TEAM CONCLUDES WITH 73 OF 74 FIRE VICTIMS IDENTIFIED
The Philippine National Police through its Crime Laboratory led by PSSupt Emmanuel L. Aranas identified 73 of 74 victims who perished in a fire incident at Kentex Manufacturing Corporation at Tatalon Street, Ugong Valenzuela City last May 13, 2015.
The Kentex Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Team, composed of PNP Crime Laboratory experts, has already made initial identification last May 14, 2015, where three (3) were physically identified (through personal belongings), 68 were identified through DNA test, and one (1) was unidentified because no DNA samples cannot be extracted from the victim since it was burned completely leaving no specimen capable for DNA identification.
Based on a report to PNP Officer-In-Charge Deputy Director Leonardo A. Espina, PSSupt. Aranas said that the two (2) latest identified victims are Jony A. Descallar and Marvy A. Marcelino who were added from the previous count of 72 victims last June 14, 2015.
Final search conducted on June 11, 19, 20 and 22, 2015 further yielded some other small pieces of bone remnants from different sites of the second floor area of the building including a fragmented tibia bone recovered from the second floor far opposite where most of the burnt bodies were recovered, a strong indication that this could belong to another individual.
The bodies were identified through the comparison of the DNA profile generated from a partially burned bone fragment that has been recovered at the scene sometime on June 19 -20, 2015 and the DNA from the buccal swab samples of their relatives.
“We insisted na kahit dangerous yung area ay nagsearch ulit kami right after maalis yung mga nakaharang na debris para ma-identify lahat ng victim. Samples from all the collected fragments during our search have undergone DNA examination where the latest 2 victims were identified other than those 72 recovered.” PSSupt Aranas explained.
“Overall, there were 28 male and 45 female victims, with 1 unknown gender” PSSupt Aranas said.
“The PNP Crime Laboratory has already coordinated with the LGU-CSWD through the Chief of Police of Valenzuela Police Station regarding the 2 newly identified victims in order for them to facilitate the issuance of death certificates to the claimants.” PSSupt Aranas added. (PNP-PIO)
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