Palace doubts claim that Dacera case is already solved
Marje Pelayo • January 7, 2021 • 815
MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang is not convinced that the case involving flight attendant Christine Dacera is already solved.
According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, the fiscal office is still collating evidence; therefore, it cannot be considered that the investigation has ended.
The Duterte administration expressed condolences to the bereaved family while its vows to serve justice for the death of the flight attendant.
“Ang pangako po ng presidente, makakamit ang katarungan sa pamilya Dacera. Malalaman po natin ang katotohanan (The President promised that justice will be served to the Dacera family. We shall know the truth),” Roque said.
“Sa administrasyon po ni Pangulong Duterte, dahil siya po ay abogado, at isang piskal, hindi niya hahayaan na ang mga kriminal ay hindi po paparusahan (Under the administration of President Duterte, since he is a lawyer and once a fiscal, he will not allow any criminal not to be punished),” he added.
The Palace official also allayed fear that the case might not prosper with the release of the three arrested suspects.
Roque attested that what the fiscal did was in line with the legal process.
“Iyon pong ginawa ng piskal, ayon po iyan sa (What the fiscal did was in accordance with the) rules of criminal procedures,” he said.
“Ang layon po nito ay upang ma-convict beyond reasonable doubt yung mga suspek sa karumal-dumal na pagpatay na ito (The purpose was to convict beyond reasonable doubt the suspects in this heinous crime),” he added.
Amid various claims and speculations circulating on social media about the case, Roque asked the public to wait for the final result of the authorities’ investigation on the matter before making any conclusion.
“It’s a continuing investigation. The NBI has gotten involved in it so antayin po natin na maconclude ang imbestigasyon. (let’s wait for the conclusion of the investigation). Obviously po dahil may hiningi pang ebidensya ang ating piskal (Obviously since the fiscal is still asking for more evidence) case is not yet closed,” he ended. —MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – Companions of flight attendant Christine Dacera at a Makati Hotel where she was found unconscious on January 1 will file counter charges against her family, their legal counsel said Monday.
Lawyer Mike Santiago, who represents five of the 11 respondents in the case, said his clients are contemplating filing perjury, and malicious incrimination or prosecution charges against the camp of Dacera for allegedly making unfounded claims against them. They will also seek moral damages.
Santiago said they will also take legal action against some personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for alleged injustices committed against his clients.
“We’re no longer taking this on the defensive side na lang. We will face also these accusers head on na lagi lang kaming depensa ng depensa eh,” he said.
“Ang kalaban namin is yung family and right now it seems tahimik na sila but bakit pati yung NBI ang daming nakikisawsaw sa isyu na ‘to? Ang daming kailangang tuonan ng pansin ng bansa hindi lang itong case na ‘to,” Alain Chen, one of the respondents in the case, said.
The NBI last Friday filed perjury, obstruction of justice, reckless imprudence resulting in homicide, and violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act against Dacera’s companions, hours before her death on January 1.
The NBI also recommended filing an obstruction of justice against their legal counsel, Neptali Maroto, and falsification of an official document by a public officer charges against Southern Police District medico-legal officer Michael Nick Sarmiento, who first conducted the autopsy on Dacera’s remains.
But the respondents questioned the complaints, calling it an overkill and the NBI investigation unfair.
“Sino ba ang kalaban talaga ng mga respondent? Una PNP pati si chief PNP up to the chief when he said case closed. Kala ko ba case closed na? Next, sino ba ang Dacera family ba? Ang PNP ba? NBI? All of the above?” Santiago said.
The lawyer said they are not inclined to enter into an amicable settlement.
Santiago also questioned the reckless imprudence resulting in homicide complaint filed against his clients as this only applies to erring drivers and doctors.
On the violation of the dangerous drugs act, the lawyer said his clients tested negative for illegal drug use.
Dacera was found unconscious in a bathtub at a Makati Hotel room on January 1 after a night of merry-making with friends. Her companions said they tried to revive her and rushed her to a hospital where she was later declared dead.
Her family believes she was drugged and sexually abused.
The PNP said in its medico-legal report that Dacera died of natural causes, ruling out homicide as the cause of death. The report stated that she died of a ruptured aortic aneurysm that was triggered by an increase in blood pressure. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)
MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Friday recommended the filing of several criminal charges against 11 individuals in connection with the death of flight attendant Christine Dacera.
Among the charges filed by the NBI before the Department of Justice (DOJ) are perjury, obstruction of justice, reckless imprudence resulting in homicide against those who were with Dacera hours before her death on January 1.
Facing the obstruction of justice charges are Mark Anthony Rosales, Romel Galido, John Pascual Dela Serna III, Darwin Joseph Macalla, Gregorio Angela Rafael de Guzman, Jezreel Rapinan, Alain Chen, and Reymar Englis.
The NBI also recommended filing an obstruction of justice charge against their legal counsel, Neptali Maroto.
The NBI also found cause to recommend charges of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide against Dela Serna, Rapinan, Chen and Loiue De Lima for “recklessly neglecting the condition of victim Dacera which led to her untimely death.”
Perjury charges were also recommended against Galido, Dela Serna, and Macalla.
Rosales was recommended for prosecution for introducing party drugs to his companions after investigation showed that he and Galido tried to deliver or give away illegal drugs during their party.
The NBI also filed falsification of an official document by a public officer charges against Southern Police District medico-legal officer Michael Nick Sarmiento, who first conducted the autopsy on Dacera’s remains.
Dacera was found unconscious in a bath tub at a Makati hotel on January 1 after a night of merry-making with friends. Her companions said they tried to revive her before rushing to the hospital where she was later declared dead.
Her family believes she was drugged and sexually abused.
The PNP said in its medico-legal report that Dacera died of natural causes, ruling out homicide as the cause of death. The report stated that she died of a ruptured aortic aneurysm that was triggered by an increase in blood pressure.
MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang expressed alarm over the killing of Calbayog City Mayor Ronaldo Aquino.
The Palace suspects the incident is related to the upcoming 2022 elections.
Following the incident, the Department of Justice (DOJ) directed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct a separate investigation on the incident.
“Kinokondena po natin iyan dahil, ang karapatang mabuhay po ay pinaka-importanteng karapatan, at nanunumbalik po kami at naalarma dahil po mayor po ang pinatay,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.
“Baka po ito ay simula na naman ng patayan dahil sa pulitika sa panahong papalapit na ang eleksyon,” he added.
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