Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Debold Sinas ordered on Wednesday the relief of the Makati City police chief and a medicolegal officer of the Southern Police District (SPD) over alleged lapses in handling the case of Christine Dacera.
PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Ildebrandi Usana said in a text message that Sinas “approved the recommendation of DIDM [Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management] for the relief f[rom] posts of the [Makati] COP, the medico-legal chief [of SPD] and the investigators of Makati city police pending admin investigation of their lapses.”
However, Metro Manila police chief Brigadier General Vicente Danao Jr. will decide whether to implement the relief order of Sinas against Makati City police chief Col. Harold Depositar and Police Maj. Michael Nick Sarmiento, a medicolegal officer of the SPD.
Dacerar’s family has filed an administrative case against Sarmiento, accusing him of directing the embalming of Christine’s body and conducting a medicolegal examination or extracting forensic samples from her without the Dacera’s family consent.
It was the Makati City police that filed a provisional complaint of rape with homicide against 11 persons it believed were allegedly responsible for the death of Dacera, who was found dead in a Makati hotel room after celebrating New Year’s Eve.
But the Makati City Prosecutor’s Office threw back the complain to the police to insufficient evidence showing Dacera was raped and killed. SOVEREIGNPH