PNP report says Dacera died of natural causes, rules out homicide

Robie de Guzman   •   January 27, 2021   •   1065

MANILA, Philippines Flight attendant Christine Dacera died of natural causes, according to a medico-legal report released by the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday.

In its report dated January 11, the PNP Crime Laboratory ruled out homicide as a manner of death, saying Dacera died of a ruptured aortic aneurysm.

The report submitted to the Makati Prosecutor’s Office during the continuation of the preliminary investigation on the case stated that the aneurysm was triggered by an increase in blood pressure.

The loss of blood due to a ruptured aorta killed Dacera “within a few hours.”

“Rape and/or drug overdose will not result (in) the development of aneurysms. Even overdose and ruptured aneurysm are two different conditions and cannot be both included as cause of death of a patient,” it stated.

“Based on the available information on hand the manner of death is classified as natural death,” it added.

Dacera died on January 1 after a night of merry-making with some of her friends. Her family believed she was drugged and sexually abused but her companions denied the allegations.

In the medico-legal report, the PNP said that no alcohol or recreational drugs that were taken the night prior to her death will cause that kind of dilatation or defect on her aorta.

“That dilatation is a chronic condition and was present long before she died. If she did not die that fateful night, she will die in any scenario that represents an activity that will increase her blood pressure strong enough to tear that aneurysm,” the report said.

The report also noted that Dacera’s heart weighed 500 grams, which is larger than the normal 300 grams. The finding supports Dacera’s apparently undiagnosed hypertension, it added.

In an interview with reporters at Makati City hall, lawyer Mike Santiago, the counsel of the respondents in the Dacera case said they will let the documents “speak for itself,” and let the prosecutor decide on the evidence presented by the police.

“The PNP submitted today the partial results of the several examinations that they requested, so the documents will speak for itself so we will not make conclusions yet. We will not overstep the power or functions of the prosecutor in this case,” Santiago said.

Meanwhile, the camp of Dacera said they have yet to read the report submitted by the police. They will also await the report from the National Bureau of Investigation in connection with its own probe on the case.

“Mabilis naman yung process kanina, we have no time to extensively study the results. Nag-submit naman sila. Practice naman namin na kung may data kaming na-gather o documents na sinabmit sa amin kasama yung family para isa-isahin,” Atty. Jose Ledda III, one of the lawyers representing the Dacera family, said.

During the continuation of the preliminary investigation on Dacera’s case on Wednesday, the Makati Police submitted additional evidence such as medico-legal report and the results of the DNA analysis and laboratory examination.

But it has yet to submit the toxicology report to the Makati prosecutor’s office.

The next hearing is scheduled on February 3. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

Suspected MILF lost command member nabbed in Zamboanga del Norte – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   April 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A suspected member of the notorious lost command of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was arrested in Zamboanga del Norte, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Friday.

In a statement, PNP chief General Debold Sinas identified the suspect as 37-year old Kayser Martinez alias Alihamra Martinez, who was said to be a former member of the MILF lost command group operating in Siocon and Sirawai towns in the Zamboanga Peninsula.

Martinez was arrested on Wednesday during an operation jointly conducted by elements of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 9 and Siocon Municipal Police Station by virtue of warrant of arrest under criminal case number 232 for the crime of multiple murder issued by the RTC 9, Branch 6, of Dipolog City, Zamboanga Del Norte.

Citing court records, Sinas said Martinez was involved in the massacre of four civilians last August 3, 1999, in Sitio Guisakan, Barangay D. Reconalla, Siocon, Zamboanga Del Norte with his former MILF Lost Command Leaders Hairulla Hassan alias Hayron Hassan and Eddie Namenso alias Commander Liwayway.

They were also among the perpetrators of the daring attack on Siocon municipality last May 4, 2003, that resulted in casualties and damages in the municipality.

Currently, Martinez is a member of Hassan Group criminal gang allegedly led by Anderson Hassan alias Commander Sabaya, cousin of former notorious leader Hairulla Hassan who are at the same time eminently monitored tying up with the Local Terrorist Groups (LTGs) based in Panabutan, Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte.

“Manhunt operations against the leader and other members of the criminal gang are underway to prevent them from further victimizing innocent people,” Sinas said.

Martinez is presently detained for further interrogation.

Appropriate charges will be filed against him in court, the PNP said.

Suspected BIFF bomber nabbed in Maguindanao police ops

Robie de Guzman   •   April 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The man allegedly behind the series of bombing incidents in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat has been arrested in a counter-terrorism operation, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Thursday.

PNP chief General Debold Sinas identified the suspect as Norton Saptula, 23, an alleged member of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter-Karialan Faction under chief staff Sukarno Sapal alias Diok.

He was said to be involved in the bombing incidents that transpired on August 28, 2018 in Brgy. Kalawag 3, Isulan, Sultan Kudarat that resulted in 36 wounded civilians and three deaths.

He was also accused of involvement in another incident on September 2, 2018 in Brgy. Kalawag 2, Isulan, Sultan Kudarat that resulted in 14 wounded civilians and two deaths.

Sinas said Saptula was also the 5th most wanted person in the SOCCSKSARGEN Region.

He was arrested on Wednesday in Poblacion, Ampatuan, Maguindanao when operating troops served a warrant of arrest against him for three counts of complex crime of murder with multiple frustrated murder.

The PNP said Saptula was booked at Ampatuan Municipal Police Station and was turned over to Isulan Municipal Police Station for documentation and proper disposition.

“The arrest of Saptula is a setback in the atrocities of the BIFF operating in Maguindanao area and nearby provinces. Moreover, this successful operation would likely affect the planned attacks of local and foreign terrorist organizations,” Sinas said.

Sinas says PNP won’t interfere with ‘private sector initiatives’

Robie de Guzman   •   April 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Debold Sinas has assured the public that police will not interfere with any ‘voluntary private sector initiative’ that seeks to provide the basic needs of people severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Sinas did not explicitly mention community pantries in various parts of the country but he said the PNP “fully supports such expression of Bayanihan culture and Filipino spirit of compassion.”

“Hindi makikialam ang PNP sa aktibidad ng mga pribadong grupo na mamahagi ng ayuda sa mga tao,” he said in a statement.

“[W]e will continue to extend utmost assistance to ensure smooth and orderly operations of private sector outreach activities with greater emphasis on the health and safety of both benefactors and beneficiaries of these public endeavors,” he added.

The PNP chief, however, slammed “apparent attempts by certain quarters to create mass hysteria by propagating falsehood and fake news over cyberspace.”

“These persons will be unmasked, investigated and their motives probed,” he said.

“Hindi namin palalampasin ang ganitong pagpapalaganap ng kasinungalingan upang magsulong ng kanilang layunin,” he added.

Sinas’ statement comes after an organizer of a community pantry in Quezon City claimed of being “red-tagged” by government authorities.

The PNP chief also promoted their similar efforts in giving to those in need, saying the continuing implementation of the PNP Food Bank Project has benefitted some 35,512 families and 8,511 other individuals.

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