PNP top brass awaiting DIDM report on Makati police lapses in Dacera case

Published January 15, 2021, 5:52 PM

by Martin Sadongdong

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is awaiting the results of the inquiry conducted by the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) to determine the possible lapses committed by the Makati City police in the handling of the case of flight attendant Christine Angelica Dacera.

Police Brig. Gen. Ildebrandi Usana, PNP spokesperson, said the leadership has yet receive DIDM’s report on the Dacera case even as the deadline given to them had already lapsed last Wednesday.

“We are supposed to expect last Jan. 13 na i-submit (for it to be submitted),” Usana said.

He said PNP chief Police Gen. Debold Sinas must have extended the deadline he gave to the DIDM to give them ample time in finding out the liabilities, if there are any, of the Makati police.

“Maaaring nagbigay pa po ng palugit (It is possible that the deadline was extended). We are hoping this (DIDM probe) is quite facilitated, that is for ensuring ‘yung mga liability sa nangyari, sa incident, pati na rin po sa pagco-conduct ng investigation (to ensure their liability in the conduct of the investigation),” he stated.

The PNP spokesperson said the results of the DIDM’s probe on the Makati police will determine the sanctions that will be given by Sinas.

On Monday, Sinas ordered an internal inquiry on the possible lapses committed by the Makati police in handling the case of Dacera, the 23-year-old flight attendant who died after a New Year’s Eve party in a posh hotel in Makati.

The Makati police were criticized for its supposed sloppy investigation on Dacera’s death. 

Two weeks since the incident, the police have yet to determine the cause of Dacera’s death.

The Makati police had earlier claimed that Dacera was killed and raped, prompting them to file provisional charges of homicide with rape against 11 suspects – three of them were the victim’s friends who are members of the LGBTQ+ community accompanying her on the day she died.

The prosecutors were not convinced with the Makati police as the case was returned to them for further investigation.

Results of a medico-legal performed on Dacera’s body showed that she died due to ruptured aortic aneurysm. 

What caused her aneurysm remains unsolved as Dacera’s friends and the police initially floated possibilities that she may have been drugged.

However, Dacera’s friends retracted their statements and claimed that the Makati police forced them to lie so they will come clean in the investigation.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has already stepped in to shed light on the incident. 

A Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) was also created by the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) to elevate the probe on the regional level.