To help stop the burning bodies of evidence, crematories must keep proper records to aid investigations requiring identification of cremated remains, Senator Francis Pangilinan said.
Pangilinan has filed Senate Bill 1312, or the “Mandatory Collection of Biological Specimen and Identification Samples Act of 2017.” The proposed measure requires crematories to keep books of record containing the name, age, sex, and residence of each person whose body is cremated. It also requires crematories to keep in file digital photos, dental impression, and biological samples for purposes of DNA analysis. These records are to be open at reasonable times for inspection.
“Appropriate measures must become necessary to ensure that cremation will not be taken advantage of by criminal elements to obstruct investigations and ultimately, the delivery of justice,” said the Liberal Party president. (pr)