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Where do we bury our dead?

  • Written by Itchie Cabayan
  • Published in Metro
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THIS is the question of the family of the two girls who were killed when a solid concrete firewall collapsed and fell on them on Oro­quieta Street in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

The grieving family have appealed for help, saying they do not knowing where their dead will be buried.

It was learned that the wake of the siblings, identified as Argeline Joy Verina, 15, and her sister Mary Hope, 14, both students,  is being held under a tent along a sidewalk.

Their grandmother Mary Grace Berdad said they do not know how and where to bury the victims due to lack of money.
   
Reports have it that the families affected by the wall’s collapse refused to leave the place and declined an offer by the barangay for them to stay at a covered court.
   
Said firewall is being used as a common wall by shanty owners who built their makeshift homes against it.
   
Among those injured were Rommel Ebio, 31; Arnold Gamboa, 35, and a still unidentified man whose one foot reportedly had to be amputated as a result of the accident. They were brought by concerned bystanders to various hospitals by a Philippine Red Cross (PRC) ambulance that resonded to the scene.
   
The said wall measuring about 40 meters high and located at 866 Oroquieta corner Doroteo Streets in Sta.Cruz, Manila, suddenly collapsed amid a heavy downpour. Said wall was reportedly what remained of the bookstore which used to stand there and which had been demolished.
   
Before the collapse, witnesses who were near the area said they heard a strange sound coming from the wall and then it fell on the said shanties right next to it.
   
It was learned that at least 50 small shanties were built by certain informal settlers in the area, using the said wall, located behind the Manila City Jail,  as a common wall. Some reportedly even had second floors.