PNP seeks reopening of probe on Christine Dacera case

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 5)— The Philippine National Police has sought the reopening of the probe on the death of flight attendant Christine Dacera, citing new evidence and test results.

The PNP earlier this week filed a motion before the Makati City Prosecutor’s Office seeking to “immediately” reopen the case of the 23-year-old, who was found lifeless in a hotel following a New Year's Eve revelry with friends.

In the motion, police investigator-on-case PCpl Louie Lopez pointed out that he received copies of the toxicology and semen analysis exam results from the PNP Crime Laboratory on February 26, days after the city prosecutor already terminated the preliminary investigation on the case.

“Considering that the above mentioned test results were not yet available when the Preliminary Investigation was terminated and when the present case was submitted for resolution… the undersigned humbly requests that the present case be reopened and that the above-mentioned pieces of evidence be admitted as part of the records of this case,” read the document obtained by CNN Philippines on Friday.

The PNP further argued there was no intention on its part to intentionally delay the release of the test results, stressing that this was “beyond the control of any of the parties involved.”

“In order for justice to be completely served to all of the parties concerned, an immediate reopening of the case and complete admission of the attached pieces of evidence is just and lawful,” it added.

Previous medico-legal reports showed that Dacera died of natural causes, with homicide ruled out. "Ruptured aortic aneurysm" was listed as her cause of death.

TIMELINE: The Christine Dacera case

Dacera’s family earlier sought another autopsy in a bid to dispute these initial findings, but the case respondents, who have asserted their innocence, appealed for the flight attendant’s kin to finally accept the ruling.