An investigation by the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory revealed that the cause of death of flight attendant Christine Dacera was a “natural cause.”
In a medico-legal report from the PNP crime lab dated January 11 submitted to Makati prosecutor on Wednesday, it was said that Dacera died of a “ruptured aortic aneurysm” caused by high blood pressure.
As a result, it appears from their analysis that Christine Dacera was not killed.
“Manner of death as homicide is ruled out in Dacera’s case because the aortic aneurysm is considered a medical condition. Rape and/or drug overdose will not result in the development of aneurysms,” the report said.
“Even overdose and ruptured aneurysm are two different conditions and cannot be both included as cause of death of patient,” it added.
The PNP submitted the report to the Makati prosecutor’s office investigating the real cause of Dacera’s death.
The investigation is also investigating whether Dacera’s colleagues at a hotel in Makati on January 1 where the girl died were responsible for her death.
Dacera’s family suspects that Christine was abused and killed while attending a New Year’s Eve celebration at the hotel with some friends and another group of men.
The medico-legal report states that the “dilatation or aneurysm” in Dacera’s aorta is a “chronic condition” and possibly started “a long time ago or maybe years prior to her death.”
No homicide at Christine Dacera’s death: PNP report
“No alcohol or recreational taken the night prior to her death will cause that kind of dilatation or defect on her aorta,” the report said.
“If she did not die that fateful night, she will still die in any scenario that presents an activity that will increase her blood pressure strong enough to tear that aneurysm,” it added.
And if alcohol or drugs were found in Christine Dacera’s body, the report said “this will be an incidental finding because even by their absence, rupture can occur if blood pressure shoots up from different strenuous physical activities.”
“Vomiting or retching may also increase blood pressure and trigger the ruptured aneurysm,” according to the report.
It is also said that the Dacera’s enlarged heart, according to the report, may be caused by chronic hypertension.
According to Atty. Mike Santiago, lawyer of some of Dacera’s respondent friends, “document speaks for itself.”
The Makati prosecutor’s office will resume the hearing on February 3