The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has included eight more people as accused in the rape with homicide case it filed in connection with the death of flight attendant Christine Angelica Dacera on New Year’s Day.
NCRPO director Police Brig. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr. said they have filed a motion to amend the charge sheet which basically requests the Makati City Prosecutor’s Office to include eight more people who were occupants of the Room 2207 where Dacera was seen entering during the New Year party at the City Garden Grand Hotel in Makati City.
“We have filed for the amendment from 11 to 19 persons of interest that could be the respondents in the case,” said Danao.
A total of 11 people were originally in the charge sheet, all of them occupants of Room 2209 which Dacera herself booked for a party with friends.
Initially, three were placed under the custody of the Makati City police but they were all ordered to be freed after the Prosecutor’s Office declared that the evidence is insufficient to pin them down on the case.
The Prosecutor’s Office, in its decision, stated that the police failed to submit pieces of evidence that could prove Dacera was raped and was murdered. The decision denied the police the reason to take into custody the remaining suspects.
Danao denied the allegations of some of the companions of Dacera in Room 2209 that they were forced by the local police to say that there were illegal drugs during the party. He said that if such an incident happened, they could have already narrated it during their series of media interviews regarding the death of Dacera.
“They have been saying in different social media the same story and they did not mention that they were mauled. Why all of the sudden they are now claiming that they were hurt? We do not know the reason why but as far as the Makati City police are concerned, there is no such thing as mauling, coercion on anything about drugs,” said Danao.
He, however, warned that since their statement was made under oath before, they could be in trouble for a case of perjury.
“We are hoping that we could collate more evidence that would be very vital for the filing of the case. So as of now we are still on the conduct of getting vital witnesses that could give a clearer picture on what really happened on that day,” said Danao.