Los Angeles, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – A man allegedly stole a hearse that contained a casket during a funeral in South Park Saturday morning, according to Los Angeles Police Department officials.
The hearse was stolen from the Ebenezer Baptist Church, located at 4901 Avalon Blvd. in South L.A., pictured, on Dec. 27, 2014.
Witnesses said an older man climbed into the unoccupied hearse and drove off. The vehicle’s motor was running before he entered it. Funeral attendees then followed the hearse, managed to get the man to pull over, and eventually recovered the funeral car and casket. The car thief was apprehended by L.A. police.
Appearing before a judge on Monday, the carjacking suspect pleaded not guilty to auto theft, saying it was never his intention to steal the funeral car.
He, however, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge: stealing a casket.
Because the casket contained a human body at the time of the theft, prosecutors are preparing a new charge: kidnapping.
Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – He would not increase the minimum wage, but Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino is raising funeral benefits for both public and private sector workers.
Aquino issued Executive Order 167, which he signed last May 26, directing the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) to implement the new law since the current rates “for both private and public sectors are no longer sufficient to cover funeral costs.”
Aquino increased the funeral benefits for both sectors from P10,000 to P20,000 effective immediately.
“We can’t afford to increase wages because most of the money in the public treasury has been spent on ghost projects and shady deals by senators, congressmen, private businessmen and members of my administration,” Aquino said, referring to the 10 Billion pork barrel scam that has all but paralyzed the government.
“We owe it to the Filipino people to at least provide them with decent last rites and resting place, especially since many of our countrymen are dying of hunger and unaffordable or no healthcare because of low wages,” Aquino told The Adobo Chronicles.
The Aquino administration hopes that through this executive order, the funeral parlor business will flourish, creating more jobs for both skilled and unskilled workers, and eventually helping grow the economy.