THE PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) ruled out homicide in the case of flight attendant Christine Dacera and said that she died of “natural causes”, according to its medico legal report released on Wednesday.
The PNP Crime Laboratory said in its January 11 report that 23year-old Dacera, who was found dead at the City Garden Hotel in Makati City on New Year’s Day after a private party with friends, died due to aortic aneurysm.
“Based on the available information on hand, the manner of death is classified as natural death,” it said.
Police said Dacera experienced an aortic aneurysm that stemmed from increased blood pressure, which caused her aorta to “weaken, defect, and eventually burst”.
“The loss of blood due to the ruptured aorta killed her within the few hours,” the PNP said.
“[The] Manner of death as homicide is ruled out in Dacera’s case because the aortic aneurysm is considered a medical condition,” it added.
The report added that rape and drug overdose “will not result to the development of aneurysms.”
“Even overdose and ruptured aneurysm are two different conditions and cannot be both included as cause of death of a patient,” the report said.
“Granting, but not assuming, the presence of recreational drugs or alcoholic substances in her body, that will now be moot and academic,” it said.
Dacera’s family believed that the 23-year old was raped and killed.
However, the Makati Prosecutor’s Office said the evidence of rape and homicide against 11 suspects, three of whom were placed under police custody, were “insufficient”. The three have since been released.