Why some funeral parlors are not raking in profits from 'drug killings'

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 14 2016 04:58 PM | Updated as of Jul 15 2016 09:21 PM

Why some funeral parlors are not raking in profits from 'drug killings' 1
In this picture taken on July 8, 2016, police officers investigate the dead body of an alleged drug dealer, his face covered with packing tape and a placard reading "I'm a pusher", on a street in Manila. Noel Celis, AFP

MANILA – Some funeral parlors accredited by the Philippine National Police (PNP) to process remains of suspected criminals slain during police operations are struggling.

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The funeral parlor business has reportedly been brisk as President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs has seen a spate of killings both by policemen and suspected vigilantes.

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Don Morado of Pacheco Funeral Homes in Quezon City told dzMM that they lose money every day that a cadaver goes unclaimed from their funeral parlor.

Pacheco Funeral Homes is where bodies of slain suspects are brought since it is one of the few accredited by the PNP to handle such cases.

Morado said the funeral parlor has to spend for solutions which prevent a body from decomposing.

''Yung pag-restore sa body at yung gamot na nilalagay, 30 days to 60 days ang gastos namin. Medyo lugi kumbaga kung walang nag-claim,'' Morado told dzMM.

He said five bodies have yet to be claimed from the funeral parlor. He said the slain suspects usually come from poor families.

''Mali ang salitang iyan na sinasabi na nakikinabang kami. Napakahirap na mag-alaga ng isang body na walang nagke-claim,'' he said.

''After how many days doon pa lang nake-claim, tapos di pa masisingil ang pamilya."

Morado said if no one claims the remains, the funeral parlor also ends up shouldering the cost of burial.

This is also the case in St. Rich Funeral Homes in Manila, where 9 bodies have yet to be claimed. – reports from Zhander Cayabyab and Dennis Datu, dzMM