PNP says flight attendant's case 'solved' but 9 suspects still missing

The Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Monday, January 4, that it has solved the alleged January 1 rape-slay of a 23-year-old flight attendant even if most of the suspects remain at-large.

In a statement on Monday night, the PNP announced the arrest of 3 suspects in the killing of flight attendant Christine Angelica Dacera.

"POLICE SOLVE NEW YEAR RAPE-SLAY OF FLIGHT ATTENDANT," the PNP headlined its statement, even if the police have yet to apprehend the 9 other suspects.

The detained suspects were identified as:

  1. John Pascual dela Serna III, 27
  2. Rommel Daluro Galido, 29
  3. John Paul Reyes Halili, 25

The 3 have been charged with rape with homicide on Monday, the PNP said. The PNP branded the case as solved with its official conventions, where they consider a case “solved” as long as they have identified suspects in the case they are probing.

Most suspects still missing

Dacera was last spotted with at least 12 men on December 31 at a New Year’s Eve Party at the City Garden Hotel in Makati City.

She was found dead at noon on January 1 in the bathtub of her hotel room.

Police identified the 9 other suspects as the following:

  1. Gregorio Angelo de Guzman
  2. Louie de Lima
  3. Clark Jezreel Rapinan
  4. Rey Englis
  5. Mark Anthony Rosales
  6. Jammyr Cunanan
  7. Valentine Rosales
  8. A certain Ed Madrid
  9. A certain Paul

Meanwhile, ACT-CIS Representative Eric Yap offered to pay P100,000 to anyone who can give valuable information to the police on the whereabouts on the remaining suspects in Dacera's alleged rape-slay. 

"Walang lugar sa lipunan natin ang mga sangkot sa krimen na ito. Tayo ay magbibigay ng P100,000 para sa makikipag-ugnayan sa PNP at makakapagturo sa kinaroroonan ng mga suspek o sa mga may kinalaman sa krimen na ito na pinaghahanap pa," Yap said in a Facebook post.

(Those involved in this crime have no place in society. We are giving P100,000 to anyone who can point the PNP to where the suspects are.) – Rappler.com

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story described suspects Dela Serna, Galido, and Halili as "captured." This version of the story uses the word "detained."

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.

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