The family of flight attendant Christine Dacera was not surprised with the dismissal of the case filed against 11 men implicated in her death, lawyer Roger “Brick” Reyes said Tuesday (April 27).
“The Dacera family was not surprised that the rape with homicide case filed by the police was dismissed because there’s so many irregularities,” Reyes, the family lawyer and spokesperson, told the Manila Bulletin in a phone interview.
The Makati City Prosecutor’s Office dismissed the charges of rape with homicide against 11 suspects in the death of the flight attendant for lack of probable cause.
“We were not surprised na ganito resolution ng fiscal. Remember, ginamit ng Makati Police ay medical report ni Dr. Sarmiento saying natural cause ang pagkamatay (We were not surprised of the fiscal’s resolution. Remember, the Makati Police used the medical report of Dr. Sarmiento saying her cause of death was natural cause),” he stressed.
The Makati Police submitted the medical report of Police Major Michael Nick Sarmiento, citing ruptured aortic aneurysm or natural causes was the flight attendant’s cause of death.
The Dacera camp, according to Reyes, has two options — to either appeal the resolution to the Department of Justice (DoJ) or file a separate complaint, this time the Dacera family as complainants.
Reyes said that the family, in this case, was not the complainant. “The complainant was the police, the family was there as a witness.”
Should they push through in filing the case, he said they will include proper findings, such as the toxicology report and semen analysis on specimens they found at the crime scene.
The analysis of the PNP-Crime Laboratory Office showed the presence of semen on three bed sheets from the hotel rooms —2207 and 2209.
“This is not yet over, this is just a comma, and not a period,” he ended.
On January 1, Dacera was found lifeless in the bathtub of Room 2209 of the City Garden Grand Hotel in Makati City.