THICK layers of cement gave authorities a hard time to uncover how many human bones are buried inside the walls of a building in Quiapo, Manila where skeletons were earlier reported by the police to have been found.
As of this writing, police estimated at five the number of skeletons already recovered from rigorous destruction of the wall near the stairwell at the basement of the said building located on Carlos Palanca in Quiapo.
Senior Insp. Manuel Villar of the Manila Police District-Palanca Police Community Precinct said the walls where the bones were hidden were made of full concrete and iron grills, giving the excavators much difficulty. The number of skeletons may rise to at least 10, police said.
It was learned that each skeleton is covered with concrete and that each layer of concrete produces another set of bones. The stench, police said, was unbearable.
Scene of the Crime Operatives were present to readily bring any recovered bones to the PNP Crime Laboratory for thorough examination and possible identification.
Barangay Chairman Sultan Yusoph Guinto, meantime, said they suspect that a lot more had been buried in the said building which he said was a known drug lair in the area. He also claimed that three of his relatives are missing and may have been also buried there.
Information gathered by the police said that the building’s interiors were cemented in 2014 and it was abandoned in 2015.