Eleven men were provisionally charged in Phillipines on Monday with gang rape and murder of an air stewardess on New Year’s Day
Christine Angelica Dacera, 23, was celebrating New Year’s Eve with colleagues at four-star City garden Grand Hotel in financial city of Makati
They awoke to find the flight attendant unconscious in the bathtub with injuries
She died from her injuries and police say there is evidence of sexual assault
While awaiting forensic reports police provisionally charged 11 men who were with the victim and were staying in adjacent hotel rooms
Three of the suspects have come forward, the others remain at large
Authorities in the Phillipines have charged eleven men with gang rape and murder after a flight attendant was found dead in a hotel bathtub in the city of Makati.
Christine Angelica Dacera, 23, was celebrating New Year’s Eve in the lavish City Garden Hotel with friends last week.
She had checked in with colleagues to the four-star hotel in the financial city ready for a night of celebration.
But one of her colleagues, Rommel Galida, woke up at around 10am and spotted her in the bathtub.
Galida thought Dacera, who boasted nearly 100,000 followers on Instagram, was asleep and covered her with a blanket before going back to bed.
But when Galida woke up several hours later, he found her unconscious and she had started to turn blue.
He raised the alarm and Dacera was given CPR, but failed to respond and was rushed to the Makati Medical Clinic where doctors pronounced her dead.
Investigators are waiting for an autopsy but said the young woman’s body had bruises and cuts on her thighs and knees.
They said her body also showed evidence she had been the victim of sexual assault.
Police have provisionally charged 11 men with rape and homicide who were with Dacera in the adjacent hotel rooms, local reports said.
Makati City police chief Col. Harold Depositar told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that the charges are only provisionary because they are awaiting the autopsy findings and the toxicology report.
He said three of the 11 men have come forward while the others are still at large.
“Only three of them were Dacera’s friends. The others were practically strangers to her, as they were only known to her three friends,” Chief Depositar noted, adding that everyone in that New Year’s party with Dacera was included in the charge.
The initial basis of the rape with homicide charge, Depositar said is based on evidence that “The victim had lacerations and sperm in her genitalia.” There were also bruises, contusions, and scratches on her arms and legs.
Dacera’s death may have initially been found to be natural – from an aneurysm –but there were apparently factors that contributed to it, police said.
The investigation is ongoing.