No to cremation of medico-legal cases
Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here’s the link:
Here’s why it’s important:
(1) Bones Never Lie, but forensic experts/investigators do.
In a country like the Philippines where forensic findings and interpretations are negotiated, families of victims who do not have the power to negotiate, will be always in the losing end. Justice is an elusive dream to them. Preserving the skeletal remains and making it available for analysis by other experts will give them a better chance to achieve justice.
(2) Forensic Science evolves.
The findings today may not be the findings tomorrow, thus it is very important that forensic evidence, especially skeletal remains should be preserved.
Take note of the Ninoy Aquino Case. Our forensic review showed that the trajectory was rightward, upward and forward. The bullet is a hollow point that FRAGMENTED IN THREE MAJOR PARTS when it hit the left mastoid process (back of left ear) of Ninoy.
One of the major fragments hit the petrous bone, the hardest bone of the skull, deflected forward and downward and lodged in the chin. The forensic expert who testified MISREPRESENTED the petrous bone. He told the court that the petrous bone is akin to a cartilage, not hard enough to deflect a projectile. This suited the theory (with no forensic evidence to support it) that Ninoy was shot by one of the military escorts while descending the stairs.
Since Ninoy was NOT cremated, we could get back to his skull and settle the trajectory issue. Other cases with questionable findings whose remains were cremated, the forensic questions and TRUTH about the cause of their deaths, trajectory and other evidence were cremated with their remains.
Thus, the need for a law or a policy that will not allow cremation of forensic cases. I need your signature to realize this. Your signature will certainly help attain justice for victims human rights violations and victims of crimes, may help you to get justice for yourself and for your relatives.
You can sign my petition by clicking here.
Dr. Ben Molino
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