MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday closed down the Funeraria Cruz in Sta. Cruz, Manila after the family of a man who drowned complained that they could not get the body of the victim without first paying a very high fee of P360,000.
Moreno also ordered Manila Health Department chief Dr. Arnold Pangan to conduct inspections of all funeral parlors and shutter fly-by-nights and those with violations.
The mayor particularly told Pangan to go after those funeral parlors that were able to get business permits but actually just contract the services of other funeral parlors to do the job for them, since they lack the facilities and staff.
Moreno called on the homicide section of the Manila police to stop accrediting fly-by-night funeral parlors.
Moreover, Moreno directed Pangan to conduct rigid inspections of all existing funeral parlors in the city of Manila to ensure that they are operating legally and are equipped with the facilities and manpower needed to sustain regular operations.
The order for the closure of Funeraria Cruz came after special mayor’s reaction team (SMART) chief Maj. Jhun Ibay arrested its operation manager Rolando Morado and secretary May Manahan after Mirasol Olegenio of Poblacion West, Sta. Ignacia, Tarlac, City, sought help from the office of Moreno after they failed to get the body of their relative Marvin, 30, an employee at the Dumduma Construction and Trading Corporation, who died from drowning last September 3 at the San Juan River in Bacood, Sta. Mesa, Manila.