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No crime in Dacera case, Police say

Alvin Murcia



The toxicology report on the samples taken from the body of flight attendant Christine Dacera would soon be released by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra reported on Wednesday.

It was the second autopsy conducted by the NBI on the flight attendant’s remains after she died during a New Year’s Day party with her friends and several others in a hotel in Makati City.

“The NBI forensic team is ready with its toxicology report,” Guevarra said.

“I will leave it to the (NBI) to disclose (its) findings. I understand that they (NBI agents) have requested a certain specimen from the PNP and copies of Miss Dacera’s medical records to complete the whole picture,” he added.

The first autopsy on Dacera determined that aneurysm was the cause of death. Her family was not convinced of the first results, however.

In a related development, the Makati City Police also made public a medico-legal report supporting its earlier claim that Dacera died of natural causes.

The report dated 11 January 2021 submitted to a Makati prosecutor claimed a ruptured aortic aneurysm triggered by an increase in blood pressure caused Dacera’s death.

It also ruled out its earlier claims of homicide against some of Dacera’s companions who were all persons of diverse sexual orientation, identity and expression.

The Police also stated that rape and/or drug overdose would not have resulted in the development of aneurysm.

“(An) overdose and ruptured aneurysm are two different conditions and cannot be both included as a cause of death of a patient,” the report said.

The first autopsy on Dacera determined that an aneurysm was the cause of death.

It added that the “dilatation or aneurysm” in Dacera’s aorta was a “chronic condition” that “started a long time ago or maybe years prior to her death.”

“No alcohol or recreational taken the night prior to her death will cause that kind of dilatation or defect on her aorta,” the report stated. “If she did not die that fateful night, she will still die in any scenario that presents an activity that will increase her blood pressure strong enough to tear that aneurysm.”

The report also claimed that if ever drugs or alcohol would be detected in Dacera’s body, this will be an incidental finding because even in its absence, rupture can occur if blood pressure shoots up due to different strenuous physical activities.