PNP explains why Dacera rape-slay case is considered ‘solved’

Marje Pelayo   •   January 6, 2021   •   1329

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has released details as to why they consider the rape-slay case of flight attendant, Christine Dacera, as solved.

“For purposes of uniformity in crime reporting, the PNP is guided by existing issuances by the National Police Commission particularly Memorandum Circular No. 94-017,” the PNP Public Information Office (PIO) posted on Facebook on Tuesday (January 5). 

The said memorandum circular provides that a case shall be considered “solved” when the following elements occur:

1. the offender has been identified;

2. there is sufficient evidence to charge him;

3. the offender has been taken into custody; and

4. the offender has been charged before the prosecutor’s office or court of appropriate jurisdiction.

The PNP concluded that since all four elements are present in the Dacera case, it is thus considered “solved”. 

Three suspects in the rape-slay case were arrested by the PNP while PNP Chief Debold Sinas gave nine others 72 hours to surrender or they would become subjects of manhunt operations.

One of them, Gregorio de Guzman, the son of veteran singer Claire dela Fuente surfaced and said he is not hiding as he is innocent and maintained he is gay and incapable of raping the victim.

Based on the police’s initial investigation, Dacera checked-in at the City Garden Hotel in Makati City for a New Year’s Eve party. Her body was found on January 1 in a bathtub and was pronounced dead after she was rushed to the hospital.

NBI completes forensic examination on Christine Dacera’s body – DOJ

Robie de Guzman   •   January 18, 2021

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)

Christine Dacera case: 12 occupants from room 2207 appear before NBI

Robie de Guzman   •   January 15, 2021

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)

Dacera’s camp claims cover-up

Marje Pelayo   •   January 13, 2021

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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