My late FIL was a pathologist. That's why he was fond of watching detective, crime and mystery suspense thrillers. Sabay kaming nanonood. Naiiling siya pag medyo alam niyang hindi credible ang story. When he was not yet retired, his workplace was the morgue. Napapa-oh really ako noon pag kinukuwento ng biyenan ko na sa morgue sila kumakain habang nagcoconduct siya ng autopsy. Ngiiiii.Pero sabi naman ng aking MIL, mas sanitized daw yon kaysa sa ibang lugar ng ospital. (Gusto ko sanang sabihin, wait 'till you see me cook "dinuguan" and bulalo). hehehe
It is a pity that he was already deceased when there was proliferation of the TV series where the medical examiners/pathologists are the lead stars such as Dr. Temperance Brennan for Bones,Gil Grissom, Ph.D. for CSI and Donald "Ducky" Mallard (David McCallum) for NCIS.
Meron noong 1970's na si Dr. Robert Astin for Quincy, ME. Di ko pa naiintindihan yon.
Why am I writing about pathologists or medical examiners?
Because there was news that Hongkong is conducting their own forensic examination on the victims of the Quirino Grandstand carnage.
Here are the excerpts of the news:
Dr. Raquel Fortun, one of the country’s leading forensic pathologists, warned Friday that local authorities were bound to embarrass themselves even more when they officially present their forensic findings on the incident to Hong Kong authorities.Ito obserbasyon ko rin. Pagkatapos mabaril ang hostage taker, ang daming uzis. O di va parang perya. Kulang na lang ay may magtinda ng balut at mani.
“How can we now sit down with them with our findings pitted against theirs when our examination was limited and haphazardly done or not at par with international standards,” she told the Inquirer. “What a shame.”
The Hong Kong coroner earlier ordered an autopsy on the bodies flown from Manila the day after the bungled operation.
Topping her list was the fact that authorities failed to preserve the tourist bus where a shootout between police and the hostage-taker, dismissed Senior Insp. Rolando Mendoza, had taken place. She noted that one TV station even paraded an “exclusive” footage of the inside of the bus while a Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) team was still examining the siteNaglagay nga sila ng barricade pero napasok din. Wala pang crime scene yellow ribbon.Meron ba? (Meron na akong nakita ngayon. Noong nagpaparetrato ang mga suwail, wala akong makita). Nabasa ko pa noon na kaya hindi nila masyadong pinerform ang autopsy kasi against sa religion ng mga nasawi. Bakit sa HK, inaautopsiya sila. Bakit ilang araw nakalipas saka lang nagconduct ng forensic examination ng bus?
One thing that I learned from all these TV series, is that before the dead bodies are removed, they have to be "processed" first...photographed...collection of evidence...physical determination of COD, TOD and identity.
They avoid the "contamination" of the crime scene so that the forensic evidence are not compromised.
Ito ang observation ni Dr. Fortun:
“If you have dead bodies, the most prudent thing to do is to just leave them there. Each body has to be carefully examined, but the tendency in the Philippines is to simply collect the body. There has to be a documentation. That’s how you reconstruct the event. Analysis will come later,” she said.Masisisi ba natin ang China kung tapusin muna ang investigation sa nangyari bago makipagkita sa kanila.
Gusto nilang marinig ang totoong naging sanhi ng kamatayan ng mga biktima at hindi ang mga hindi magtugma-tugmang paliwanag.