Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra expressed confidence that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will be able to do a better job than the police in investigating the death of flight attendant Christine Dacera.
Guevarra pointed this out as he explained his decision to order the NBI to investigate the death of Dacera.
“With all due respect, the initial investigation by the Makati police was not thorough enough, prompting the inquest prosecutors to refer the case for further investigation and release the respondents in the meantime,” he said.
“From the DOJ’s viewpoint, the case build-up will be faster if the NBI acts independently,” Guevarra he declared.
After Dacera was found dead in the bath tub of her hotel room in Makati City last Jan. 1, the Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested three suspects and filed rape with homicide complaints before the Makati City Prosecutor’s Office against a total of 11 respondents.
However, the Makati City Prosecutor’s Office found that the evidence submitted by the PNP as insufficient.
Because of this, the Makati City Prosecutor’s Office ordered the PNP to release the three detained suspects and decided to conduct a preliminary investigation over the complaint.
The preliminary investigation is set to start this Jan. 13 and, during which, respondents will be given the chance to defend themselves and investigators to submit more evidence.