Sendong’s dead dumped in garbage landfill site

Text and photos by Froilan Gallardo, Mindanews

I am a professional photojournalist and I am not in a habit of showing bloated bodies unless there is a compelling reason. This is an exception. The city government of Cagayan de Oro transferred 30 bodies from Bollozos Funeral Homes in Barangay Bulua to the garbage landfill in Zayas, Barangay Carmen Sunday night. The reson is the bodies have bloated and smelled a lot. Since no one came forward to claim the bodies, the city government said the bodies would be better in the landfill where it could still be viewed by relatives.

I am shocked by this decision. The city government has made countless of mistakes since tropical storm Sendong struck but this decision TOPS THEM ALL. Why transfer the bodies to a garbage landfill? The dead are not garbage no matter how bloated they are. Yet the city government left the bodies lying on the ground under the sun. The dead is always handled with respect. It only showed how insensitive the city government. Grabeh.

I am angry of this disrespect. As I clicked the shutter of my camera, I have only one thing in my mind. Expose this to the world and give justice to the dead. My mind shouted in the rage of this travesty. Nevermind the smell. There was injustice at the landfill.

Relatives of still missing resident of Cagayan de Oro view the bodies that were transferred from Bollozos Funeral Parlor in Barangay Bulua to the garbage landfill in Barangay Carmen, all in Cagayan de Oro City, on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. The City government ordered their transfer Monday after the morgues were swamped with bodies killed by Tropical Storm Sendong.

Relatives of still missing resident of Cagayan de Oro view a body that was transferred from Bollozos Funeral Parlor in Barangay Bulua to the garbage landfill in Barangay Carmen, all in Cagayan de Oro City, on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. The City government ordered the transfer of 30 bodies Monday after the morgues were swamped with bodies killed by Tropical Storm Sendong.

December 19, 2011 11:24 pm  Tags: ,   Posted in: Disaster

380 Responses

  1. Ellen - December 19, 2011 11:35 pm

    Carol Arguillas’ account in Mindanews:

    The other tragedy in Cagayan de Oro: in search of missing loved ones in the city’s dumpsite

    CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/19 December) – As a journalist, I have covered so many tragedies in Mindanao: wars, floods, landslides, bombings, massacres, airplane crashes, etc.. I have cried with relatives of the dead and the missing but I was not prepared for what I saw at noon in the city’s landfill in Zayas, Barangay Carmen.

    Whoever made the decision to dump some 30 cadavers there deserves the highest condemnation. How can such an inhuman act be done in this “City of Golden Friendship?”…
    But even if they remained unclaimed by Sunday night, they did not deserve to be dumped. They all deserve a decent burial.

    http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2011/12/19/the-other-tragedy-in-cagayan-de-oro-in-search-of-missing-loved-ones-in-the-city%E2%80%99s-dumpsite/

  2. Mike - December 20, 2011 1:32 am

    What are they thinking, dumping bodies on dumpsites? Yan ba tingin nila sa mga taong “pinaglilingkuran nila, basura?!?!?! Grabe!!!

  3. chi - December 20, 2011 2:14 am

    Inexcusable!

  4. chi - December 20, 2011 2:17 am

    Pinang-landfill ang mga patay, susmaryosep! Yes, time is running out, few more hours there might spread a plague. Pero naman, inihukay man lang sana ng tama o sinunog (baka acceptable pa itong huli dahil sa uso naman ang cremation ngayon).

  5. dtranscriber - December 20, 2011 2:21 am

    What they should have done is get DNA samples and then buried the remains. Then whoever would look for missing relatives must surrender a DNA sample for comparison na lang.

  6. parasabayan - December 20, 2011 3:24 am

    In addition to DNA samples, at least pictures man lang din ng mga namatay ang kinuha para naman malaman ng mga naulila na yun na nga ang namatay nilang kamaganak.

  7. dtranscriber - December 20, 2011 3:56 am

    Yes, I agree with you on that. Pwede rin ipost nila ung data or information about the victims dun sa various points ng towns concerned para makita kung saan nakalibing or nakahimlay ung victim for easy recovery.

  8. Rudolfo - December 20, 2011 5:55 am

    Ang mga pananaw na nangyayari sa “Sendong Calamity” ay patotoo na walang-”zero”, kahandaan ang pamahalaan sa mga bagay na ito..Kalamidad gawa ng kalikasan ( na katulad din ng nagyari sa Tsunami sa Japan, etc..). Ang mahalagang salamin na nakikita dito ay ang REACTION ng pamahalan, at presence of mind, lalo na sa pagbibigay galang sa mga biktima o mga bangkay ( ng Buhay si Mother Theresa, malaki ang paggalng niya sa mga bagay na ito, at the Image of God, ang mga tao..)..Dito malalaman na ang Kayamanang panglupa, ay bale wala, kapag nagalit na ang “Mother Nature “..Ubusin man ang kayamanang ng Bansa, ay di maitutumbas sa halaga ng Sangkata-uhan ( buhay man o patay na )..Ang mga nangyayari sa bansa, at sa iba’t-ibang bahagi ng mundo, ay “Sign of the Time “..na dapat baguhin na ang Pag-uugali ng sangkata-uhan, kailan pa, ngayon na ?..Iyan kaya ay pre-signs ng Mayan-Chinese calendar, na 12-21-2012…totoo man o hindi, dapat lang na mag-bago na ang kaugalian ng Gobyerno ( mga namamahala, etc,,) at mga Tao ( mga nag-iisip ng abortion, mga alangganing pag-aasawa, mga balukto’t na gawain na tinatangap ng batas ng gobyerno )..Kalikasan na mismo ang nag-sasabi ng, ” Enough is Enough “. May the Souls of the Victims in the calamity at CDO-ILigan, iba pang lugar ng Mindanao, Rest in Peace. A Wake up call for brotherhood and fellowship. Amen

    Maganda ang Halimbawa na ginawa sa Pampanga, mag-donate ng mga “kabaong” sa mga nasalanta, kung gagawin ito ng marami pang probensya, siguro, mababawasan ang problema, kasama na ang ibang “chemicals” na kailangan sa pag-papa-alis ng masasamang amoy, “formaline” yata..My food for thoughts

  9. dhanie - December 20, 2011 8:11 am

    kung mkakasalita lang ang patay, ano kaya ang sasabihin nila??? this is so inhumane! those people responsible for this are just lucky they weren’t the ones dead and dumped like garbage..it is said in Matthew 7:12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (ESV)..I don’t think they would want to be treated that way! C’mon HUMANS!! Treat your neighbors as you would treat yourself! No excuses are accepted, only solutions..you weren’t elected to your positions to make such horrible decisions. Please pray to God for wisdom.

  10. geri boy - December 20, 2011 1:55 pm

    magpapadala daw ng mga kabaong ang local government ng pampanga. nakita ko sa news na nilalagay na ito sa barko papuntang CDO. at sa dec 24 pa ang dating niya dun. useless na ata ang kabaong nun pagdating doon dahil sa condition ng mga bodies eh nasa decomposition stage na nun.

  11. piping dilat - December 20, 2011 7:50 pm

    I am no longer surprised at tragic events like this where in the gov’t officials are all caught with their pants down. Masyado tayong inaaliw sa mga controversies to cover up for their ineptitudes as far as the economy is concerned.

    Unfortunately for the gov’t now, their total unpreparedness for such an unexpected calamity CANNOT be blamed on previous administration.

    The last time that something like this happened, PNOY sacked the head of PAGASA without any second thought… Now with his appointee at the head of PAGASA, not a sound of criticism was uttered. Why?

    The usual culprits are being blamed … illegal logging, informal settlers, etc… Question is , what had been done in the last 2 years to mitigate the said situation?

    Answer: NONE !

  12. patria adorada - December 21, 2011 5:01 am

    darn it!!!kaninong idea ito???

  13. Manachito - December 21, 2011 5:27 am

    Wala namang pagalang ang pamahalaan ng Cagayan de Oro sa mga bangkay. Bakit naman pinabayaan na mangyari ito? Tiyak na sisisihin na naman ang pangulo ng bansa tungkol dito.

  14. Rudolfo - December 21, 2011 7:51 am

    Masasabi ko, at iba pa, Utak basurahan y landfill, ang naka-isip nito, para namang di sila naging Tao sa mundo ?..Kung sa kanila ito mangyari, anong masasabi nila ?..labas-na-labas talaga ang “greed or selfish attitudes” ng karamihang namamahala sa atin, at siguro dyan din s CDO-Iligan..This incident is a good proof..makunsyensa naman sila sa pag-hingi ng boto, tuwing eleksyon time, at malapit na naman, 2013 ?…mga basura pala ang dating ng pamamahala ?…a food for thoughts ( sorry sa mga tinamaan. Maanghang kasi ang panukala nila, di maanghang din anhg pula ng publiko…”a cause and effect commentary”..

  15. arvin - December 21, 2011 3:58 pm

    Sa nangyari na pag landslide ay walang ibang dapat sisihin kundi ang mga NPA. Kung hindi hinahayaan ng mga NPA ang mga illegal loggers ay hindi magkakaroon ng landslide. Kaso hinahayaan nila dahil siguro binayaran. Alam naman natin na ang mga rebelde ngayon parang mga barayan na rin. Ibang iba na ang layunin ng mga NPA sa noon kaysa ngayon. Kung katulad sa noon ang layunin ng mga NPA sa ngayon tiyak walang illegal loggers. Kaso hindi na. Kung bakit ko ito nasabi ay malaman dito
    http://arvin95.blogspot.com/2011/01/npa.html

  16. MPRivera - December 21, 2011 6:17 pm

    animal na meyor at kanyang mga opisyales gayundin ang may ari ng funeral parlor!

    mga tinamaan kayo ng lintek na ang mga kaluluwa ‘ata ninyo ay nilamon na ng pagkagahaman sa salapi.

    ano palagay ninyo sa mga bangkay na ‘yan, patay na aso na puwedeng basta na lamang itambak sa basurahan?

    mga letse kayo, ngayon pa lang ay simulan na ninyo ang paghimlay sa loob ng pinakamamahaling kabaong saan man kayo pumunta dahil gagawin din sa inyo ang ganyan kapag natigok kayo.

    nakakapanginig kayo ng laman, oo!

  17. juggernaut - December 21, 2011 7:58 pm

    backhoe na naman?!

  18. Lurker - December 22, 2011 3:05 pm

    Wala naman tayong kahandaan sa kahit na anumang masama ang nangyari. Hindi lang ngayon, noon pa man.

    I wonder where the fault lies? Is it cultural–– we don’t want to think of “bad” things that may happen, so we don’t prepare. I also wonder how many Filipinos have preparations for the BIG event: death.

  19. J - December 22, 2011 4:09 pm

    Oh my God, this is outrageous!!!

  20. benjpedro - December 23, 2011 8:30 am

    Kitang kita ang pagkakaiba ng Iligan at CDO…ang mga relief at evac centers ng CDO magugulo, hindi maayos at madumi. Ang mga relief at evac centers naman ng Iligan, maayos ang set-up at naglilinis na mga sundalo at volunteers sa siyudad.

    Kitang kita naman na kahit pagbintangan ni Emano ng National Government, 12 years na siya sa pwesto. Kitang kita na may malaking pagkukulang ang LGU ng CDO kumpara sa aksyon ng LGU ng Iligan.

  21. hlaine - December 31, 2011 12:49 pm

    hindi totoong walang nag claim sa bodies. yung lola ko day 1 pa lang nasa kanila na, papackage deal pa nga sila, nag down pa ng 4thousand na pari pa ang nagbayad. araw araw pinupuntahan dun para i follow up kung ayos naba ang bangkay at naembalsamo naba. pero wala din, di nila pinansin nilagay lang sa isang gilid, ni hindi nilinisan, hanggang sa kinuha na lang ng NBI, di na daw mababawi ang 4thousand bale bayad daw un sa service at pag stay ng lola namin sa kanila. pero sana lang totohanin nila nila ang sabe nilang tulong para mapadali ang pagkuha ng death certificate at kung ano mang pirma para makuha ang burial sa SSS ni lola.

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