The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) can no longer conduct a joint examination of the remains of flight attendant Christine Dacera, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Saturday.
Guevarra pointed this out in response to the call of the Dacera family for the NBI and PNP to conduct a joint examination of her remains.
“The NBI is in the end-stage of its investigation,” the secretary explained.
“So a joint investigation may not be feasible anymore,” Guevarra said.
Guevarra also noted that “the police has recently come up with its official report.”
“Initially, I ordered the NBI to assist the police in the investigation, particularly on the forensic examination aspect,” he stated.
“But later it became necessary for the NBI to conduct its own investigation in the interest of time and efficiency,” he added.
Guevarra issued last Jan. 8 the order for the NBI to conduct the investigations amid criticisms that the PNP bungled the case.
Dacera was found unconscious last Jan. 1 in the bath tub of her room at the City Garden Grand Hotel in Makati City where she celebrated the new year with her friends.
She was rushed to the Makati Medical Center (MMC) but was declared dead on arrival.
The Makati City Prosecutor’s Office is already conducting a preliminary investigation on the complaint filed by the PNP which accused 11 men of rape with homicide in connection with the death of Dacera.
During the conduct of the preliminary investigation, the PNP submitted a medico-legal report which showed that the flight attendant died of natural causes.
However, the Dacera family would not accept the results and called for a joint PNP-NBI examination of her remains.