The Philippine National Police (PNP) has considered the case of Christine Angelica Dacera, who was found dead in a hotel room last January 1, as “solved” with the arrest and indictment of at least three suspects.
PNP chief Gen. Debold Sinas said in a report to Interior Secretary Eduardo Año that the three suspects were charged with rape with homicide during inquest proceedings at 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 the celebrated New Year’s Day with the victim remain at large and will be arrested by the Makati City Police, Sinas said.
Makati City police chief Col. Harold Depositar said earlier that of the 12 people who were with Dacera, only three were her friends or known to her.
“Only three of them were Dacera’s friends. The others were practically strangers to her, as they were only known to her three friends,” Depositar noted.
He added that Dacera had “had lacerations and sperm in her genitalia,” which means she was raped. Also, she had various injuries in parts of her body.
Based on the initial investigation of the Makati City police, the victim was discovered laying down in the bathtub at room 2209 of the City Garden Grand Hotel by her friend, Rommel Galida, at 12:30 pm on January 1, 2020.Galida claimed he repeatedly tried to wake up the victim, but was alarmed when he did not get any response. He then contacted two of their friends, Gregorio Angelo de Guzman and dela Cerna, who immediately alerted the hotel’s management. SOVEREIGNPH