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Dacera family seeks dismissal of police who conducted medicolegal examination on Christine

The family of Christine Angelica Dacera has filed an administrative complaint against the police medicolegal officer who allegedly committed a blunder on the probe of her death during a New Year’s Day party at a Makati City hotel.

Sharon and Jose Nestor has asked the Internal Affairs Service of the Philippine National Police to dismiss Police Maj. Michael Nick Sarmiento for gross negligence and incompetence in preparing his medicolegal report for Dacera’s certificate of death.

They said Sarmiento ordered the embalming of Christine’s body without their consent and without first conducting a medicolegal examination, or taking important forensic samples. Sarmiento also concluded Christine died of natural causes without taking into account the injuries in her body.

“As an experienced medicolegal examiner for many years with scene of the crime operations, examining probably hundreds of cadavers, elementary common sense requires that a medicolegal examination be first conducted on a cadaver before you embalm it,” he complaint stated.

However, Brig. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr., chief of the National Capital Region Police Office, said Dacera was embalmed because she was “presumed” to be under quarantine, and that the hotel where she and her friends stayed was a coronavirus disease quarantine facility. “We are in a pandemic now,” Danao said in a TV interview. “We have a policy that says that when you are a probable or suspected Covid case, the policy there is to embalm before autopsy.” SOVEREIGNPH

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