MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday said it may issue a travel alert order against the suspects in the rape-slay case of 23-year-old flight attendant Christine Angelica Dacera.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the travel alert will be issued as soon as appropriate charges have been filed with the prosecutor’s office.
“For now we’ll let the PNP (Philippine National Police) handle the case. As soon as the police file a complaint with the prosecutor’s office, we may issue a travel alert order to the BI,” Guevarra said in a message to reporters.
Three persons tagged in the killing have been placed under police custody while other suspects remain at large.
Police said the three have been charged with rape and homicide.
A manhunt operation will also be launched against nine other people who were present in the party before Dacera was found dead.
Police initial investigation showed that Dacera was invited to a party with some friends at the City Garden Hotel in Makati City on December 31.
It was also learned that other than Dacera and her friends, other people were also present in the party.
She was found lifeless in a bathtub in the hotel around noontime on January 1.
Police said that while Dacera suffered from aneurysm, investigators found laceration and bruises on her body, and other markings that indicate sexual contact.
The final autopsy report is expected to be released soon. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)