Claims of drug use in Dacera case came from Makati police — lawyer

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 13) — The lawyer of five of the 11 respondents in the Christine Dacera case accused the Makati police of pressuring two of her clients to say illegal drugs were used during the New Year's Eve party that they attended at a Makati City hotel.

"The powder issue insinuating drug use actually came from the mouths of PNP Makati police, it was added by them, after subjecting the two detained to torture and misrepresentations, that they will be released from detention and no charges will be filed, if ever they will come up with fabricated, tampered afterthought, object and scientific medico-legal evidence," said Atty. Abi Portugal, who represents Rommel Galido, Valentine Rosales, JP dela Serna, Gregorio de Guzman, and Clark Rapinan.

The preliminary investigation on Dacera's death began Wednesday at the Makati City Prosecutor's Office.

Only the personalities involved in the case were allowed inside the chamber where discussions took place.

"May pressure, oo. May pressure... They were asked to name a person kaya 'yun, napilitan sila," she said.

[Translation: There was pressure, yes. There was pressure... They were forced.]

Portugal stressed no drugs were involved.

"In short, parang may partial retraction kami... Walang drugs. Nainterview niyo sila, 'yun ang totoo," she said.

[Translation: In short, we have a partial retraction... There were no drugs. You interviewed them, that's the truth.]

Portugal added that her clients all took drug tests which came out negative. This was submitted as evidence and would be presented at the next hearing.

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In the statement given by dela Serna earlier, he said at 1 a.m. of January 1, Mark Anthony Rosales took out "powder drugs" from his sock and showed it to them before asking if if dela Serna wanted to take some.

Dela Serna declined and later saw Louie de Lima and Rosales intoxicated from the substance.

Makati police have not yet given a statement on the issue.

Portugal said the respondents would not wait for additional evidence before submitting their counter-affidavits.

At the preliminary investigation, the PNP also submitted a supplemental complaint, but no results of the DNA analysis, toxicology, histopath, and lab results from the Makati Medical Center have been submitted.

The next hearing is scheduled on January 27.

CNN Philippines' Anjo Alimario contributed to this story.