A friend of flight attendant Christine Dacera — who was with her on the day she was found unconscious after celebrating New Year’s Day with 12 persons (said to be all gays) in a Makati hotel — issued statements that may further weaken the claim that Dacera’s death was a “rape-slay” case.
“My friends and I know how wild Tin (Christine’s nickname) can be when she’s drunk,” said Valentine Rosales on his Facebook page on 6 January, after GMA 7 aired CCTV footage of Dacera kissing and hugging someone in the corridor of City Garden Grand Hotel at 2:52 a.m., several hours before companions found the 23-year-old unresponsive in an empty bathtub.
She was declared dead on arrival at Makati Medical Center.
Rosales admitted he was the person Dacera was kissing (“Ako ang hinalikan, excuse me”). He also uploaded on his Facebook page a longer version of the footage that showed him backing off and freeing himself from Dacera’s embrace.
The Facebook post has drawn 65,000 positive reactions and almost 60,000 shares.
Rosales was among the 12 persons whom police identified as “suspects” in Dacera’s death.
Three of them — John dela Serna, Rommel Galido and John Paul Halili — were detained by police but released on 6 January upon orders of the Makati Prosecutor’s Office, which found insufficient evidence to indict them. Instead it directed the police to conduct a preliminary investigation of the case on 13 January to determine if Dacera was indeed raped and killed.
The complete CCTV footage would reveal that Dacera kept going in and out of Room 2209, which Dacera herself booked, said Rosales.