Bodies Found in Philippine Mall Fire

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The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has been directed to investigate the mall fire in Davao City where over 30 people are believed to have perished.

The Philippine News Agency (PNA) reported the recovery of "one charred body" from the fourth floor of the New City Commercial Center (NCCC) mall on Sunday.

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) will be looking into the possible violation of safety and health standards by NCCC mall management in its operations after a fire that broke out Saturday, December 23, killed at least 37 people.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said he has ordered an investigation into the fire "to determine if someone is at fault and should be held criminally liable".

Aguirre sought the probe in order to determine the "criminal culpability of those responsible". "By punishing those responsible, we can set an example to others so that, hopefully, there will be no repetition of these tragedies" Aguirre said.

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The president was seen consoling the kin of the victims with his children Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Go, priests, nuns, fire officials and local government personnel.

President Rodrigo Duterte comforts a family member of a fire victim in Davao city in Philippines, Dec. 24, 2017.

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio met anew with the families of those 37 missing, this time at the Southern Philippines Medical Center, where at one point she embraced a mother.

The regional chief of the Bureau of Fire Protection, Wilberto Rico Neil Kwan Tiu, relayed the news to the employees' relatives Monday. They were told the bodies would be identified by authorities then turned over to their families.

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