The National Bureau of Investigation has urged filing criminal charges against the 11 companions of deceased flight attendant, Christine Dacera, the night before her death last Jan. 1.
Last week on Friday, the NBI, together with Dacera’s parents Sharon and Nestor, filed complaints against her companions as well as their lawyer and a police officer.
The second autopsy done on Dacera’s body conducted by the NBI was harmonious with the Philippine National Police’s finding that the flight attendant died of natural causes. However, they filed a complaint of falsification of an official document against Police Maj. Dr. Michael Sarmiento, medicolegal officer of the Southern Police District Crime Laboratory, who did the first autopsy.
The complaint was due to “very glaring differences” his report had with the NBI’s report. The agency was able to extract 130 milliliters of urine from Dacera’s bladder, whereas Sarmiento said that her bladder was empty. The NBI also did not note abrasions on her labia majora, which ruled out rape.
Despite this, JP Dela Serna, Clark Rapinan, Alain Chen and Louie de Lima were charged with reckless imprudence resulting in homicide.
“Your omission and failure to give the proper prudence and diligence required of you at that time and place make you liable under the law,” said NBI death investigation division agent Zulika Marie Conales Degamo.
She added that Dacera was already complaining of a severe headache, numbing of the body, breathlessness and vomiting as early as 5 a.m. on the day of her death, but that her companions failed to recognize these symptoms, “which to us are very impossible.”
The NBI probe also found drugs at Room 2209 of the City Garden Grand Hotel, the reason for which the agency recommended Mark Anthony Rosales be charged with administering illegal drugs. Rosales and Rommel Galido were previously respondents for attempting to deliver or distribute illegal drugs.
Degamo added that a chemistry analysis of two cotton swabs on the bathroom floor where Dacera vomited determined the presence of 4-fluoromethamphetamine and methamphetamine, the same substances discovered by the PNP Crime Laboratory.
Currently, some respondents are mulling filing counter-charges against Sharon Dacera for allegedly spreading lies about them. Their lawyer, Mike Santiago, accused Christine’s mother of perjury, malicious prosecution, libel and incriminating innocent individuals. Santiago added that the respondents were also deciding on seeking moral damages.
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