- The camp of the Christine Dacera case suspects said that they believe that further evidence from the PNP is suspicious
- Atty. Abigail Portugal told TeleRadyo that they are ready to face the new evidence that will be presented against their camp
- She also revealed that the PNP asked for an extension for the presentation of their evidence
- It can be remembered that one of the accused, JP Dela Serna, retracted his testimony
Christine Dacera’s friends, who are accused of killing the flight attendant, find the evidence to be provided by the Philippine National Police (PNP) as suspicious.
On January 14, Thursday, Atty. Abigail Portugal told TeleRadyo that their camp believes that the PNP's further evidence gathered in the investigation is already tampered with.
“Sa palagay namin, any evidence after the for further investigation ng fiscal ay tampered na. Nakakaduda na,” she said.
Portugal also mentioned the submitted corrections they made on the previous statement.
“Ang sinubmit lang namin, para ma-correct yung sa unang statement. Ngayon, kung magdadagdag sila, magsu-supplemental kami,” sabi niya.
It can be remembered that one of the suspects, JP Dela Serna, retracted his testimony during the preliminary investigation conducted by the Makati City Prosecutors Office on Wednesday.
In the previous testimony, Dela Serna stated that a certain Mark Anthony Rosales showed him some “powder drugs”, which he took from his sock.
However, in the latest affidavit, Dela Serna revealed that he was only forced by the Makati Police to make the statement.
Atty. Portugal explained that the initial statement released from the interrogation done on January 1 did not mention any drugs.
“The next day, pinipilit silang pinapirma. Tapos, yun pala may dinagdag sa statement.
“Yung una, hindi sila nag-point ng any person. Then, on the second day, Jan. 2, pinipilit na sila, kino-coerce na kapag hindi sila magturo ng isang tao in relation to drugs, mabubulok sila sa bilangguan,” she revealed.
Portugal assured that their camp is ready to respond to whatever additional evidence that the PNP will present.
She also disclosed that the PNP asked for an extension for the submission of evidence.
“Actually, yung kahapon, supposedly magsa-submit din sila ng additional evidence. Ang nangyari, nagpa-extend na naman, yung PNP magpo-produce sa Jan. 27,”
Christine Dacera was a 23-year-old flight attendant who was found lifeless in a bathtub at City Garden Grand Hotel in Makati City on New Year’s Day.
In the latest update about the case, the Makati hotel’s permit was revoked by the Department of Tourism due to Dacera’s death. Then, one of the accused, Valentine Rosales, recently apologized again for how he described the occupants of room 2207, to which Dacera kept on going back.
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