Respondents hope Dacera’s family can accept flight attendant’s cause of death

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 28)— The respondents tagged in the controversial case of Christine Dacera expressed hope on Thursday that the flight attendant’s family can accept the ruling on her cause of death, so all parties can finally “let go.”

This comes after the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory bared in its medico-legal report that the 23-year-old died of natural causes, ruling out homicide.

“I hope that they open their minds and finally listen and see and read the evidence, and finally find it in their hearts to let go, so that we can let go,” Gregorio de Guzman, one of the respondents in the case, said in a media briefing.

De Guzman said they have “fought through and through” to give Sharon Dacera, Christine’s mother, “the peace of mind that she wanted.”

“I hope that she can find it in her heart to accept it. And I hope that she realizes that she is not the only one hurting. That there are 11 other mothers hurting right now, that there are 11 innocent people who are hurting right now, because of all the bashing,” he appealed.

In the medico-legal report, authorities said that ruptured aortic aneurysm remains Dacera’s cause of death. Her heart also weighed 500 grams, larger than the normal 300 grams, which the report said supported her apparently undiagnosed hypertension.

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Asked about their next step, the respondents’ legal counsel said they are still waiting for the raw CCTV footage from the Makati City hotel where the New Year’s Eve revelry was held.

“We noticed that the CCTV footages submitted by the hotel to the PNP were edited and/or converted,” Atty. Mike Santiago said. “It clearly shows these were not raw footages, so we want them to submit, so we can really know what happened during that time.”

The camp also refused to comment further when asked if they expect a possible dismissal of the proceedings, saying they would not want to “overstep or preempt any findings” of the investigating body.

“We trust that they will evaluate and appreciate the evidence that are before them, and come up with a fair resolution,” Santiago said.