Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Debold Sinas recommended the relief of Makati police chief Colonel Harold Depositar over lapses in the probe into the death of 23-year-old flight attendant Christine Angelica Dacera.
In an interview with reporters in Pasay City on Wednesday, January 20, Sinas said Depositar may be held liable for “command responsibility” for mishandling the case.
The PNP prematurely declared that Dacera was a victim of a “rape-slay” even without evidence pointing to the crime. The early announcement inflamed an online conversation on rape, which transformed into anger to the police after they could not present evidence.
Sinas also recommended the relief of the 2 investigators handling the case.
The police chief said their relief was necessary for an internal investigation, which could lead to administrative cases.
Sinas said his recommendation was not immediate, saying it was up to Metro Manila police chief Brigadier General Vicente Danao to enforce it.
“It’s just a recommendation…It’s up to the RD NCRPO (regional director of the National Capital Region Police Office) to implement it immediately,” Sinas said. – Rappler.com