Mother of deceased flight attendant Christine Dacera earlier this week contested the Philippine National Police’s verdict of no foul play in her daughter’s medico-legal report.
The Crime Laboratory earlier discarded the possibility of homicide as the cause of death, instead stating a ruptured aortic aneurysm, considered a natural cause.
However, Sharon Dacera disagreed. Her lawyer, Brick Reyes, said that they discovered irregularities in the PNP’s report dated Jan. 11.
“The autopsy report is not a medico-legal examination because Christine’s remains were buried on Jan. 10 so there was no way that Palermo could have examined the body on Jan. 11,” he said, adding that the family did not give their consent for Lt. Col. Joseph Palermo, the medico-legal officer, to perform another autopsy.
Including photos of bruises on Dacera’s body, Reyes said that the family believes that she was drugged and sexually abused, contributing to her death. They also believe that there is intent to cover up Dacera’s cause of death.
The lawyer added that the case is yet unsolved while they await autopsy results requested from the National Bureau of Investigation.
However, the respondents initially charged with rape with homicide, which include Dacera’s friends, said that they hoped that Christine’s family would accept that she died of natural causes, so that they could move on with their lives.
The Crime Laboratory also refused to disclose whether they would obtain Dacera’s medical records from Philippine Airlines, where she worked, in order to compare their findings.
Earlier, the Crime Laboratory also noted her heart weighed 500 grams, considerably heavier than the normal weight of 300 grams, which supported an undiagnosed condition of hypertension.