A family in San Jacinto, Pangasinan, is calling to return the ashes of their loved one inside a porcelain urn jar that was lost inside the cemetery.
In a report by Jasmin Gabriel Galban on GMA Regional TV “Balitang Amianan” on Monday, the De Guzman family said they were shocked to learn that the urn in the keep safe box with a lock inside the public cemetery in San Jacinto was gone.
“Nagulat kami. Sabi nga kapatid ko, ‘Ano ba naman ‘yon patay na nga ang asawa ko nanakawin pa pati abo,” the relative said.
(We were surprised. My brother said, ‘What is it that my wife is dead and still someone stole her ashes.)
The family is confident that no one will be interested in stealing the urn jar made of porcelain that allegedly costs P7,000.
The family requested that the ashes of their deceased relative be returned even if the urn itself is not returned.
According to the cemetery caretaker, it was possibly Saturday night or Sunday morning when the urn was stolen. He said he even saw the urn on Saturday all day, and the next day he had a day off.
The De Guzman family has also contacted some funeral homes in case someone sells an urn jar.
Philippines low risk in COVID-19
The Department of Health (DOH) has placed the entire country in the low-risk classification in COVID-19 due to the continued decline in cases over the past two weeks.
According to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, all regions in the country now have only moderate-risk and low-risk classifications.
“Nationally, we are at low-risk case classification with a negative two-week growth rate at -48% and a moderate-risk average daily attack rate at 5.89 cases per every 100,000 individuals,” said Vergeire.
According to DOH data, the bed utilization rate dropped to 41.15%, the mechanical ventilator utilization rate was 37.65%, and the ICU utilization rate was 53.15%.
However, there are still six regions with high-risk ADAR. These include Cagayan Valley with 18.53, the Zamboanga Peninsula with 8.02, Cordillera Administrative Region with 27.30, MIMAROPA with 7.09, Ilocos Region with 7.18, and National Capital Region with 8.56.