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PNP: More evidence in Dacera case

The police are set to present additional pieces of evidence before the Makati City Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday for the continuation of the preliminary investigation on the death of flight attendant Christine Dacera.

“Tomorrow is 27. We will be submitting all available evidence. I hope the fiscal will appreciate it for finally filing the information against the suspects, but if there is none, definitely the case will be dismissed,” National Capital Region Police Office Chief Vicente Danao Jr. told reporters on Tuesday.

Danao, however, refused to provide details regarding the matter.

“We will reserve it for now,” Danao said.

Danao says he has yet to implement Philippine National Police Chief Debold Sinas’ order to relieve four Makati City police officers due to their possible liability over the handling of Dacera’s case.

“We will deal with it later,” he said.

The PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management has recommended the relief of Makati police chief Col. Harold Depositar, two investigators of the case, and a medico-legal officer and Scene of the Crime Operations personnel from the Southern Police District pending the investigation on their possible lapses and negligence.

Sinas earlier directed the DIDM to conduct a separate inquiry and recommend their findings on any liabilities of Makati police officers involved in the ongoing investigation of the Dacera case.

Danao says it will be very unfair to immediately relieve the Makati policemen without waiting for the outcome of the case.

“So if the outcome of the case is not favorable, definitely there are lapses that cause the dismissal,” Danao said.

The Makati City Prosecutor’s Office started the preliminary investigation on the case on Jan. 13 but it was reset to Jan. 27 as the PNP is still awaiting the results of the forensics tests on Dacera’s body such as DNA analysis, toxicology/chemical analysis, histopathology examination and laboratory results from the Makati Medical Center.

Topics: Philippine National Police , PNP , Christine Dacera
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