It appears that Makati City police chief Lt. Col. Harold Depositar is on his way out.
Camp Crame, reports said, has approved the relief of Depositar and two of his men due to mounting criticisms they had allegedly mishandled the investigation into the death last Jan. 1 of Philippine Airlines flight stewardess Christine Dacera.
PNP chief Debold Sinas said he had approved the recommendation of the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) to yank Depositar from his post due to command responsibility.
He said there were serious lapses in the investigation into the New Year’s Day death of Dacera, who belongs to well-heeled family in General Santos City with close ties to powerful politicians.
Senator Manny Pacquiao had earlier posted a P500,000-reward for information leading to the speedy solution of the mysterious death of Dacera after attending a New Year’s Eve party in the upscale City Garden Grand Hotel in Makati City. This was followed by ACT-CIS partylist Representative Eric Yap with a P100,000-bounty of his own.
While Sinas didn’t go into the nitty-gritty, Depositar’s sacking was supposedly brought about when he quickly concluded that the Dacera case was a “rape-slay” when the official medico-legal report attributed it to aortic aneurism.
It didn’t help him any when it emerged that the victim’s body was immediately embalmed before the medico-legal examination was completed, which obliged the National Bureau of Investigation to send a forensic team to GenSan to conduct a second autopsy on Dacera’s remains prior to interment.
The Makati police filed rape with homicide complaints against 11 suspects, but the Makati prosecutor rejected the charge sheet for insufficient evidence owing to a faulty autopsy report.