‘Dacera died of natural causes’
Based on the report signed by PNP medico-legal officer Police Lt. Col. Joseph Palmero on Jan. 11, the 23-year-old Dacera died due to ruptured aortic aneurysm. “Based on the available information on hand the manner of death is classified as natural death,” Palmero stated in his report, which was presented during Wednesday’s preliminary investigation of the rape with homicide case. He said: “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,” Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Wednesday said the National Bureau of Investigation has asked the PNP for certain specimens and copies of the medical record of Dacera to complete its investigation. “I understand that they have requested a certain specimen from the PNP and copies of Ms. Dacera’s medical records to complete the whole picture,” Guevarra said, in a text message to reporters. Guevarra admitted the NBI’s forensic team is already done with its toxicology report, but he is leaving it up to the agency to decide when to disclose the outcome of its toxicological examination. “The NBI Forensic Team is ready with their toxicology report. I will leave it to them to disclose their findings,” he said. The Justice Secretary earlier said the NBI agents are also examining the data in the mobile phones of those considered “persons of interest” in the Dacera case, and that some of them have been subjected to drug tests. Palmero also said in his report that “no alcohol or recreational drugs Dacera took on New Year’s Eve, the night prior her death, will cause a kind of defect on her aorta.” “That dilatation is a chronic condition and was present long before she died. If she did not die that fateful night, she will die in any scenario that represents an activity that will increase her blood pressure strong enough to tear that aneurysm,” he added.