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WATCH | Skeletons of 5 victims of drug syndicate found at Islamic Center

A police scene of the crime operative looks at skeletons of victims of drug syndicates inside a building at the Islamic Center in Manila. TV5 SCREENSHOT
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MANILA, Philippines - The skeletal remains of five persons allegedly involved in illegal drugs were found literally entombed in cement underneath the staircase of a residential building at the Islamic Center in Quiapo, Manila.

The discovery was made after children playing near the area complained of very foul odor coming from the building.

Authorities believe that the five persons were victims of a drug syndicate that once made the place their hideout. The place had been vacant for some time after the former barangay chairman was killed for involvement in illegal drugs.

The five were either drug pushers with unpaid debts or moneyed people who went inside the hideout but never came out, said OIC chairman Yusof Guinto.

A resident said he heard stories in the neighborhood that everytime someone was killed, cement was poured over him and this was done as well to other victims until the layers of cement had piled up high.

According to the Manila Police District, some of the victims have long been dead because only their bones remained.

The skeletons have to be reconstructed in order to determine the identities of the victims.

Police will continue searching the area to find out if there are other victims buried there.