MANILA

PNP rules out homicide in flight attendant’s death

POLICE have ruled out homicide in the death of 23-year-old flight attendant Christine Dacera.

A medico-legal report submitted by the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory during the preliminary investigation conducted by the Makati Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, reiterated that Dacera died of a ruptured aortic aneurysm.

"Manner of death as homicide is ruled out in Dacera's case because the aortic aneurysm is considered a medical condition. Rape and/or drug overdose will not result to the development of aneurysms," the report states.

"Even overdose and ruptured aneurysm are two different conditions and cannot be both included as cause of death of patient...If ever there are presence of drug or alcohol that will only be an incidental finding because even by their absence, rupture can occur if blood pressure shoots up from different strenuous physical activities. Vomiting or retching may also increase blood pressure and trigger the ruptured aneurysm,” it added.

It said that the dilatation or aneurysm may have started a long time ago “or maybe years ago” prior to her death. The report said no alcohol or recreational drugs taken the night before can cause such kind of dilatation or defect in an aorta.

“Furthermore, Dacera’s heart weighed 500 gm (normal is 300 gm). This is a finding that supports Dacera’s apparently undiagnosed hypertension,” the report reads.

The preliminary investigation which will determine if the case will be brought to court will resume on February 3, 2021.

Charges of rape with homicide were filed before the Makati Prosecutor’s Office against 20 people, including Dacera’s friends with whom she greeted New Year.

Dacera was found unresponsive in the bathtub of room 2209 of City Garden Grand Hotel on January 1, 2021.

She had been partying with 11 gay friends and several other people who were in room 2207.

She was brought to the Makati Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

In previous interviews, Dacera’s friends said she had complained of severe headache and vomited severely. They had thought it was normal since they were drinking different kinds of alcoholic liquor.

Dacera’s family is pursuing the case as they believed she was drugged and raped prior to her death.

Mike Santiago, lawyer for some of the persons of interest, said the PNP report "speaks for itself.” (SunStar Philippines)


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