Mar 12, 2021 @ 12:35

NBI files slew of charges vs 11 individuals in Christine Dacera case

The National Bureau of Investigation on Friday formally filed criminal charges against 11 persons tagged in the hugely-controversial death of flight attendant Christine Dacera last New Year’s Day.

Charged before the Department of Justice were Mark Anthony Rosales, Rommel Galido, John Pascual dela Serna III, Darwin Joseph Macalla, Gregorio Angelo Rafael de Guzman, Jezreel Rapinan, Alain Chen, Reymar Englis, Atty. Neptali Maroto, Louie de Lima, and Southern Police District medico-legal officer Michael Nick Sarmiento.

Facing obstruction of justice charges are Rosales, Galido, Dela Serna, De Guzman, Rapinan, Chen, Englis, and Macalla, who partied with Dacera at the City Garden Grand Hotel on New Year’s Day. The NBI said they gave misleading information to prevent law enforcers to arrest the suspects.

Their legal counsel, Atty. Maroto was facing the same obstruction of justice case, while Dela Serna, Rapinan, Chen, and Louie De Lima were charged with reckless imprudence resulting in homicide.

The NBI said respondents Dela Serna, Rapinan, Chen, and Louie de Lima “recklessly neglected the condition of Dacera that led to her untimely death.”

Furthermore, a case for perjury was filed against Galido, Dela Serna, and Macalla who allegedly gave false testimonies.

Also, the NBI recommended the filing of illegal drugs charges against respondents Rosales and Galido. According to the NBI press statement, they allegedly “tried to deliver or give away illegal drugs” during the New Year party.

Meanwhile, the NBI recommended the filing of falsification of public documents charges against SPD Medico Legal Officer P/Maj. Sarmiento, who conducted the autopsy on Dacera. The NBI press statement said the police officer “declared untruthful findings in his police report.”

Dacera was found unconscious in the bathtub of her hotel room in Makati City on New Year’s Day following a party with friends the night before.

Hotel personnel tried to revive her before she was rushed to a hospital where she was declared dead.

Three suspects were arrested and were provisionally charged with the crime of rape with homicide before the Makati City Prosecutor’s Office.

But the prosecutor’s office ordered the release of the suspects pending results of a formal preliminary investigation.

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