Dacera Case : A Flawed Diversion

As the Philippine National Police (PNP) awaits medical reports of deceased flight attendant Christine Dacera, questions stir up as to why it took the country’s interest. The issue tends to widen up to the hotel’s quarantine violation, the mother suspecting foul play and even issues on Dacera’s funeral.

The issue does not concern the masses and could have been an isolated case yet it still stirred the people and was often heard in the news. The autopsy report of Dacera came out to be ruptured aortic aneurysm and it posed a question that the rape issue is amplified to cover up police negligence in the Gregorio mother and son case.

Christine Angelica Faba Dacera, hailed from Barangay San Isidro, General Santos City, Philippines, was a Filipino flight attendant. Her death has become a national interest in the Philippines.

PNP chief Debold Sinas was formerly quoted saying that the case was “closed” after the arrest of three males who celebrated with her, on New Year’s Eve, at the hotel room where they stayed. Even though her friends claim that it was them who took care of Christine, the flight attendant’s mother concluded that there was foul play.

A fatal shooting of a woman and her son in Paniqui, Tarlac happened just before the Dacera case occurred and the mass media had been found focusing on the rape-case rather than on how the police neglected their duty. According to Center for Women’s Resources, one woman or child is raped every hour which is roughly 7,037 reported rape cases nationwide on 2016. A rape case is serious and it needs attention but involving the netizens is believed to be unnecessary.

Meanwhile, the police is waiting for Dacera’s DNA analysis, toxicology/chemical analysis, histopath examination, and laboratory results from Makati Medical Center, according to Inquirer.net.

The PNP seems to be cherrypicking in the cases they are handling. It can be recalled that the netizen’s video of Nuesca killing the Gregorio mother and son was doubted as evidence but the CCTV footage of Dacera’s last hours at the party was treated as conclusive evidence in the case. Is this an indication that the justice system in the country only offers their main attention on cases that make them appear like heroes?

Cases which do not require public attention could have been stirred to cover the negligence and misconduct of one of the PNP’s men. This is a thought that comes out of mind due to the unnatural way of treating both cases. What is needed here is proper coordination among concerned agencies and for those in authority to be involved and start doing their jobs properly.

Written By Jan Brian Siladan

Author: theprismdaily

The Official Student Publication of University of Antique Main Campus

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