Findings Christine Dacera died of natural causes disputed by family

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The family of Christine Dacera has casted doubts on the initial autopsy report showing she died of natural causes, and are seeking another autopsy.

The family’s lawyers said the scene of the crime investigator’s medical examination did not include some of injuries sustained by the flight attendant, who was found dead in a Makati City hotel on New Years’ Day.

“We are disputing the findings of the SOCO (Scene of the Crime Operatives), ‘yung post-mortem report na they claimed the cause of death was aneurysm,” said Paolo Tuliao, one of the Dacera family’s lawyers, in a press briefing. “They didn’t specify sa report ‘yung mga hematoma, ‘yung mga bruises that were found on the victim’s body, that’s why we (sought) another post-mortem report from an independent medico-legal.”

Dacera family spokesperson Brick Reyes also said the initial autopsy report did not include the injuries Christine sustained in parts of her body.

“They said she died of natural causes, a ruptured aortic aneurysm which appears in the certificate of death, but which does not include the other injuries she sustained,” said Reyes. “It is not complete as far as we are concerned, that is why we requested for another autopsy.”

The Makati City police chief Col. Harold Depositar said earlier there were initial findings Dacera was raped and she had injuries in parts of her body.

PNP chief Gen. Debold Sinas also said in a report to Interior Secretary Eduardo Año that three suspects were already charged with rape with homicide before the Makati City Prosecutor’s Office.

The three suspects are John Pascual Dela Serna 3rd, 27, Rommel Daluro Galido, 29, and John Paul Reyes Halili, 25.

Nine other suspects who were with the group that celebrated New Year’s Day with the victim remain at large, Sinas said. CURRENTPH

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