Interpol coordinates with DOJ, other gov't agencies for identification of 'Yolanda' victims

November 21, 2013 9:49 am 

By Perfecto T. Raymundo

MANILA, Nov. 20 (PNA) — Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima on Wednesday met with the officers of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) to discuss its offer to assist the government in Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) following the onslaught of supertyphoon "Yolanda" last Nov. 8.

De Lima said that the Interpol representatives will fly to Tacloban City this weekend to assess the situation in order for them to craft DVI protocols specific to the area.

The group will also meet with officials of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

"Tomorrow (Thursday), they'll be meeting with the NDRRMC because the NDRRMC has the official data, including the casualties. This weekend, they will go to Tacloban to make an initial assessment para makapag-craft sila ng proposals on how to go about the DVI, given the magnitude of the casualties," De Lima said.

She added that the team is composed of eight members initially.

De Lima said that the Interpol will ensure the integrity of its DVI process, and will not depend on mere physical evidence.

She added that the process will be thorough, and will take time.

De Lima pointed out that the entire DVI process should be thorough so as not to commit mistakes.

"Hindi pwedeng madalian lang na gawin yan because magiging prone o susceptible to mistakes sa pag-iidentify. Malaking problema kapag nagkakamali kasi may consequences yan and siyempre it will add further to the anguish of the family noong namatay kung maibigay mo sa kanila ay yung maling cadaver," she said.

The Interpol will work with local forensic experts, some of whom will come from the private sector. (PNA)

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