PNP report says Dacera died of natural causes, rules out homicide

Robie de Guzman   •   January 27, 2021   •   1028

MANILA, Philippines Flight attendant Christine Dacera died of natural causes, according to a medico-legal report released by the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday.

In its report dated January 11, the PNP Crime Laboratory ruled out homicide as a manner of death, saying Dacera died of a ruptured aortic aneurysm.

The report submitted to the Makati Prosecutor’s Office during the continuation of the preliminary investigation on the case stated that the aneurysm was triggered by an increase in blood pressure.

The loss of blood due to a ruptured aorta killed Dacera “within a few hours.”

“Rape and/or drug overdose will not result (in) the development of aneurysms. Even overdose and ruptured aneurysm are two different conditions and cannot be both included as cause of death of a patient,” it stated.

“Based on the available information on hand the manner of death is classified as natural death,” it added.

Dacera died on January 1 after a night of merry-making with some of her friends. Her family believed she was drugged and sexually abused but her companions denied the allegations.

In the medico-legal report, the PNP said that no alcohol or recreational drugs that were taken the night prior to her death will cause that kind of dilatation or defect on her aorta.

“That dilatation is a chronic condition and was present long before she died. If she did not die that fateful night, she will die in any scenario that represents an activity that will increase her blood pressure strong enough to tear that aneurysm,” the report said.

The report also noted that Dacera’s heart weighed 500 grams, which is larger than the normal 300 grams. The finding supports Dacera’s apparently undiagnosed hypertension, it added.

In an interview with reporters at Makati City hall, lawyer Mike Santiago, the counsel of the respondents in the Dacera case said they will let the documents “speak for itself,” and let the prosecutor decide on the evidence presented by the police.

“The PNP submitted today the partial results of the several examinations that they requested, so the documents will speak for itself so we will not make conclusions yet. We will not overstep the power or functions of the prosecutor in this case,” Santiago said.

Meanwhile, the camp of Dacera said they have yet to read the report submitted by the police. They will also await the report from the National Bureau of Investigation in connection with its own probe on the case.

“Mabilis naman yung process kanina, we have no time to extensively study the results. Nag-submit naman sila. Practice naman namin na kung may data kaming na-gather o documents na sinabmit sa amin kasama yung family para isa-isahin,” Atty. Jose Ledda III, one of the lawyers representing the Dacera family, said.

During the continuation of the preliminary investigation on Dacera’s case on Wednesday, the Makati Police submitted additional evidence such as medico-legal report and the results of the DNA analysis and laboratory examination.

But it has yet to submit the toxicology report to the Makati prosecutor’s office.

The next hearing is scheduled on February 3. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

Suspected Dawlah Islamiyah terror group subleader killed in Marawi – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   April 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – A suspected leader of the terrorist group Dawlah Islamiyah was killed during a police-military operation conducted in Lanao del Sur on Monday, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.

In a statement, PNP chief Police General Debold Sinas identified the suspect as Usop Nasif alias Abu Asraf who was listed as the Dawlah Islamiyah Lanao subleader and the number 2 man of the group’s leader in Lanao del Sur, Abu Zacaria.

Citing intelligence reports from the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region and Special Action Force, Sinas said state forces served a warrant of arrest to Nasif for frustrated murder and murder charges around 3 a.m. in Barangay Guimba, Marawi City.

Nasif was the subject of a warrant of arrest in three Criminal Cases for murder and frustrated murder issued by Hon Judge Albert Quinto of Br 11, RTC 12 of Malabang, Lanao del Sur, Sinas said.

The operation, however, led to a 30-minute gunfight that wounded seven police officers and an Army personnel. They were rushed to a hospital in Marawi City for treatment.

Nasif and his wife, identified as Khalil Mufliha, sustained injuries during the encounter and were brought to Amai Pakpak Medical Center. Nasif, however, was declared dead on arrival, according to the PNP.

The rest of the armed suspects were able to escape in the midst of the armed confrontation, the PNP chief said.

Recovered from the suspects were the following:

  • 130 pcs of 5.56 empty shells
  • 12 pcs of 9mm empty shells
  • One XRM Motorcycle
  • One Glock 17 Pistol
  • One pressure IED attached with battery clip
  • One IED Anti-Personnel
  • One marked 2 fragmentation grenade
  • Several improvised explosive device components

“The police operatives in coordination with our AFP counterparts are continuously conducting manhunt operations to arrest other members of this terrorist group,” Sinas said.

PNP-CIDG to assist FDA in going after unregulated distribution of ivermectin

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) announced that it would assist the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in going after unregulated sale and distribution of ivermectin drugs.

Amid the reports on the use of the anti-parasite drug to treat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) without the approval of the FDA, the PNP-CIDG said it would strictly monitor the distribution and use of Ivermectin across the country. It would also conduct an investigation and intensified police operations against any violations of RA 9711 and of the FDA’s Compassionate Special Permit (CSP).

“The CIDG will assist the FDA in suppressing or deterring lawless elements in their criminal acts of endangering the well-being of the community,” the PNP said in a statement.

CIDG Director, PMGen. Albert Ferro said that they will go after those who will violate the said provisions specifically on fake, unregistered/ unlicensed, and no permit on the sales and distribution of the said drugs.

“We strongly advise the public to seek professional help and opinion before using the said drug and buy only from authorized sources. We also encourage them to report any illegal dispense and use of the said medicine,” he said. AAC

2 terrorists killed in an encounter in South Cotabato

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 7, 2021

Two members of a local terrorist group in Central Mindanao were killed during a police encounter on Tuesday (April 6) in South Cotabato.

Police authorities reported Jourhan Palalisan Utap and Mohaimen Palalisan Utap engaged the police during an arrest in Sitio Bio, Purok 4, Barangay Lapu, Polomolok, South Cotabato.

The team was serving a Warrant of Arrest against Jourhan Utap when the suspect and his younger brother Mohaimen Utap resisted which led to a brief shootout with the police.

Both armed suspects were declared dead by attending physicians at the Polomolok Municipal Hospital.

PRO-12 Regional Director Police Brigadier General Michael John Dubria said both suspects were active members of the terrorist group Dawlah Islamiya-Socsargen Khatiba under Ali Boy Nilong.

Troops recovered a caliber.45 pistol, a caliber.357 revolver and five small plastic sachets of Shabu from the slain suspects. AAC

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