The National Bureau of Investigation last week announced that they would be summoning the embalmer of flight attendant Christine Dacera’s body, in order to gain more information on her death.
According to Department of Justice secretary Menardo Guevarra, the NBI was wrapping up their investigation, having completed a forensic examination and a toxicology report. However, he added that they are “trying to cover all bases”, thus the need for witnesses such as the embalmer. They are also in search of mobile phones that can be subjected to forensic examination.
A joint investigation of the NBI and Philippine National Police may no longer be possible, since the PNP had submitted their final report two weeks ago, which indicated that Dacera died of natural causes.
Should the reports of the two organizations contradict each other—that is, should the NBI find evidence of rape with homicide—Guevarra said that the Makati City prosecutor may call for a “clarificatory hearing” to review each report’s scientific basis.
Previously, the PNP had declared the case solved, describing it as a rape-slay. However, the Dacera family’s camp refuted this and the DOJ called for the NBI (an attached agency) to conduct a probe of their own.