Autopsy report on Dacera case cannot support sexual assault claim — forensic expert
Aileen Cerrudo • January 7, 2021 • 1469
MANILA, Philippines — The autopsy report on the death of flight attendant Christine Dacera cannot support the sexual assault claim.
Forensic Pathologist Dr. Raquel Fortun said she does not agree with the findings and a forensic autopsy should have been conducted, instead.
“The report is not convincing. You know, when you read a document like a medico legal report, hopefully, forensic autopsy iyong ginawa (should have been conducted) and all the details are there and especially if a pathologist reads it, hihimay-himayin iyan (it is thoroughly reviewed). And the way it is discussed and described in findings,” she said.
“In forensic pathology, we look for evidence of contact, evidence of such force in the sense that it may have produced physical injuries,” she added.
Fortun also explains that aortic aneurysm also does not fit given the victim’s age and the unusual circumstance of her death.
She also lamented that all investigations on the body should have been conducted so there is no need for a second autopsy. There is a possibility that the body might already be contaminated for another autopsy, she added.
Meanwhile, Fortun calls for a better death investigation system in the country for controversial cases. —AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has completed its forensic examination on the remains of flight attendant Christine Dacera, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said on Monday.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he will leave it to the NBI to release the results of its examination.
Guevarra added that the agency is currently coordinating with the Makati Medical Center for the tests it conducted on Dacera when she was taken there after she was found unconscious in the bathtub of a Makati hotel on January 1 after a night of partying with some friends.
The NBI earlier revealed it had extracted at least 100 milliliters of bodily fluid from Dacera’s body during its re-autopsy. It said it will help check for the presence of illegal drugs or alcohol.
Guevarra said the NBI Digital Forensic Team will next probe the data from the mobile phone of persons tagged in the death of Dacera.
Eleven individuals, who were with Dacera before she died, are facing a complaint for rape with homicide over the incident. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)
MANILA, Philippines – Twelve individuals who stayed at room 2207 in a Makati City Hotel have appeared before the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in connection to the death of flight attendant Christine Dacera.
NBI Spokesperson Atty Ferdinand Lavin said the 12, who came along with their legal counsels, underwent over 10 hours of question and answer investigation by the NBI experts.
“They opted that they will come again altogether, sama-sama sila with counsels so everyone is to witness how the investigation proceeds as against all of them, nakikita nung iba paanong iniimbestigahan sila,” Lavin said.
It was learned that Dacera and some of her friends rented room 2209 of the City Garden Grand Hotel in Makati to celebrate the new year and that they mingled with the occupants of room 2207.
In CCTV footages, Dacera and some of her friends were seen going back and forth between the two rooms on the night of December 31.
Dacera was found unconscious last Jan. 1 in the bathtub of room 2209. She was rushed to a hospital but was declared dead on arrival.
Respondent John Pascual dela Serna, in his counter-affidavit submitted to the Makati Prosecutor’s Office, said they went to room 2207 after they were invited by another respondent, Ed Madrid, who knew the occupants there.
Lavin said investigators have also invited the individuals who stayed with Dacera at room 2209 as part of their ongoing probe.
“They have their lawyers so may counsel dito, and we thank them for their cooperation. Hindi pa tapos ito, and the statements would be validated against the pieces of evidence,” he said.
The Department of Justice last week ordered the NBI to help in the investigation into the death of Dacera. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)
MANILA, Philippines — The family of Christine Dacera is optimistic about the new evidence obtained by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
On Tuesday (January 12), the NBI said they were able to get urine samples inside Christine’s body contrary to the previous result of the autopsy conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) that the flight attendant’s bladder was empty.
According to Atty. Brick Reyes, spokesperson of the Dacera family, authorities will be able to determine if Christine was given illegal drugs through the urine samples.
“Naniniwala sila that (They believed) Christine was drugged. Nabigyan ng droga (She was given drugs) against her will and eventually she was sexually molested,” Reyes said.
They further claim there was a cover up in the case.
“They believed that there was a cover-up, at tsaka hinihintay namin iyong second autopsy na hiningi namin dahil sa dinidispute ng pamilya ang resulta ng unang autopsy (and we are waiting for the second autopsy because the family is disputing the result of the first autopsy),” he added.
Based on the forensic test result, the suspects will be identified and the truth behind the allegations will soon be determined.
So far, the group of men who checked in at Room 2207 are still hiding even a certain ‘Mark’ who Christine mentioned to her other friend who she suspected to have put something in her drink.
Reyes said the family also wants to seek help from Congress to revisit the provisions of the Anti-Rape Law.
“I think there is a need for a study on the possible amending the law so that we will add the use of this sexual drugs as a ground for same probable cause,” he said.
“I think maraming nabiktima nitong droga na hindi na nagreklamo (I think there are other victims of this drug who are hesitant to come out),” he added.
Meanwhile, the PNP is asking the fiscal office to defer the preliminary investigation set on January 27 while they are still waiting for the results of the DNA analysis, toxicology/chemical analysis, histopath examination, and laboratory result from Makati Medical Center where Christine was brought on the day of January 1.
Christine’s mother and the PNP, meanwhile, refused to comment on the case at this point. –MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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