Makati City Prosecutor’s Office begins prelim probe on Christine Dacera case
Robie de Guzman • January 13, 2021 • 424
MANILA, Philippines —The Makati City Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday started its preliminary investigation into the complaint lodged against 11 individuals over the death of flight attendant Christine Dacera.
The respondents are facing a complaint for rape with homicide. They were identified as among the individuals who were with Dacera hours before she died on January 1, following a night of partying with friends.
In a press statement, the Makati City Prosecutor’s Office said 7 out of 11 respondents and their legal counsels attended Wednesday’s hearing.
Five of them submitted their counter-affidavit.
The office also said that the Philippine National Police (PNP) has submitted a supplemental complaint but manifested that it is still awaiting results of the DNA analysis, histopath examination, and laboratory results from Makati Medical Center
“Hence, they moved for the resetting of the preliminary investigation,” it said.
Dacera was found in the bathtub of a hotel room in Makati where she attended a party with some friends on December 31, 2020.
Three of the respondents were detained by police but was ordered released by the City Prosecutor’s Office after it referred the case for further investigation to allow both the complainant and the respondents to submit more evidence.
MANILA, Philippines – Boxes containing unauthorized COVID-19 test kits were seized in an entrapment operation in Navotas City, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Wednesday.
In a statement, PNP chief General Debold Sinas said police operatives recovered Tuesday 154 boxes each containing 50 pieces of Clungene rapid test kits worth P1,016,000, and marked money amounting to P436,000.
The PNP said the operation conducted at Barangay San Rafael stemmed from information shared by the Food and Drug Administration.
The operation also yielded the arrest of 40-year old Chinese trader Liset Lo Kaw and 23-year old Christian Casanova who marketed the unregistered test kits online.
Sinas said the arrested suspects are leaders of Christian CG, a criminal group engaged in online selling.
“We remind the public to be vigilant and to immediately report any suspicious online transactions. We cannot discount the risks associated with unauthorized medical products that could possibly endanger public health,” the PNP chief said.
“Also, we encourage those who are engaged in food or health product businesses to get pertinent legal documents from the FDA to avoid conflict with the law,” he added.
The PNP said the suspects were brought to Quezon City District Field Unit office for documentation and booking process.
They will face charges for violation of the Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009 in relation to FDA Circular No. 2020-016 or the prohibition of Online selling of FDA Certified COVID-19 Antibody Test Kit.
MANILA, Philippines – A Filipino and two Nigerian nationals were arrested for alleged online fraud and swindling, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Wednesday.
The PNP identified the suspects as Evans Amara Okeke, Chidiebere Junior Ezema, and Judy Ann Japitana.
The suspects were nabbed by PNP’s anti-cybercrime units at their residence in Las Piñas on Tuesday following a complaint from a 64-year old female victim.
The victim said she sent money several times amounting to P3.23 million through money transfer for a certain Evans Amara Okeke. It was not immediately clear why the victim was giving money to the Nigerian.
PNP chief General Debold Sinas said the victim met Okeke, who introduced himself to her as “Engineer Michael Gerald,” via online. The two exchanged messages until they got into a relationship.
The suspect told the victim that he is planning to go to the Philippines for a shopping mall construction project in San Fernando, La Union but she later found out that Okeke was a fraud and reported him to authorities.
The PNP said the suspects are under the custody of the Cyber Financial Crime Unit at the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group Custodial Facility in Camp Crame for documentation and filing of appropriate charges.
“Our cybercops are going after perpetrators of online fraud and scams and will arrest cybercriminals who are involved in online illegal activities that may cause harm, confusion, and panic among our people,” Sinas said.
MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director-General Wilkins Villanueva has offered his resignation if the evidence will prove that PDEA and Philippine National Police (PNP) operatives involved in the ‘misencounter’ were selling drugs.
Based on several reports, the operation conducted last February 24 in Commonwealth involving the Quezon City Police District-Special Operations Unit and PDEA was a sell-bust.
Villanueva also challenged anyone holding evidence to prove that the PNP and PDEA were selling drugs during the ‘misencounter’.
“Huwag na tayo magsalita ng walang ebidensya kasi hearsay lang iyon. Magsalita ka kung may nakikita kang ebidensya na andiyan, CCTV ang patunay. Maghanap, magpalabas sila ng CCTV na nagbentahan ang PDEA at ang pulis magre-resign ako right now (Let us not talk without evidence because those will be hearsays. Talk if you have evidence, the CCTV is available for proof. Show a CCTV footage showing the police and PDEA were selling and buying drugs then I will resign right now),” he said.
PNP chief PGen. Debold Sinas said the involved PDEA agents and police were returned to their respective units. He also refused to further comment on the issue and said to wait for the result of the NBI’s investigation.
“Ang mga personnel namin iyong mga personnel namin will be doing administrative duties at mag-report sila sa opisina pending the result of the NBI investigation (Our personnel will be doing administrative duties and they will report in the office while the result of the NBI investigation is pending),” Sinas said
“We are very confident the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) is capable, has the ability to find out the truth,” he added.
The NBI now has custody of the evidence earlier gathered by the PNP. -AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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