PNP ready to assist in identifying typhoon Pablo’s victims

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) said that it is ready to assist disaster authorities in identifying the remains of victims of Typhoon Pablo that whipped Mindanao and Visayas early this week.

Latest data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (Ndrrmc) said that more than half of the 431 typhoon fatalities still remain unidentified and hundreds more are still missing.

PNP Spokesman, Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr., said that the national police have enough trained personnel, units and equipments that can be utilized in the identification of typhoon victims.

“We are ready to help our scene of the crime operatives (SOCO) will be there to help in identifying the victims of Typhoon Pablo,” Cerbo told reporters in a press briefing in Camp Crame Friday noon.

Most of the victims of Typhoon Pablo reportedly died due to drowning, landslide and flashfloods, especially in Campostela Valley and Davao Oriental provinces hard hit by the typhoon a few days ago.

The PNP spokesman added that some of their police and civilian personnel in Mindanao region are now already engaged in search and rescue operations for missing typhoon victims.

“We have already warm bodies helping in the search and rescue operations and they are coordinating with other agencies involved in disaster relief situation,” Cerbo explained.

PNP chief, Director General Nicanor Bartolome has alerted all its units in Mindanao and Visayas where Typhoon Pablo made its way before exiting through Palawan Friday morning.

Bartolome also directed the forward deployment and pre-positioning of SAR assets and activated the PNP components of their respective disaster risk reduction management councils (DRMMC).

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