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Despite evidence to the contrary, PNP top cop Debold Sinas insists FA was raped

With three of the suspects released, does PNP chief Debold Sinas’s theory still hold water?

A police investigator usually takes a longer time to declare a case “solved” before filing the appropriate charges, but the Philippine National Police (PNP) seems intent on calling this one solved—even if they do not have evidence to support their theory.

At least, that’s what PNP Chief P/MGen. Debold Sinas thinks.

Sinas trended on Twitter Philippines today after he made it clear that the death of 23-year-old flight attendant Christine Dacera came after she was raped by at least one of the 11 men who accompanied her in her Makati hotel room on December 31, 2020.

According to Sinas, they have “enough evidence” to prove that the flight attendant was raped before she was found dead in the bath tub of her room based on initial police findings.

The PNP, however, has refused to show to reporters Dacera’s autopsy report. He also said he cannot vouch for the autopsy report circulating on social media as it was “not theirs”.

He urged the public to refrain from spreading their speculations on social media, even as media reports point towards the PNP for starting the rape-slay angle.

The country’s top cop has also issued a 72-hour ultimatum to the men they deemed suspects in the death of Dacera before they are “hunted down” by the police—all without a search warrant.

This statement comes despite the fact that the police cannot arrest suspects without a warrant—a fact pointed out by PNP spokesperson P/BGen. Ildebrandi Usana.

The man who replaced Sinas as NCRPO Chief seemed to have more of an understanding of police procedures.

In a statement issued on January 5, NCRPO chief P/BGen Vicente Danao, Jr. said if Sinas believed the case to be solved, then he should be able to tell the public who it was that raped and killed Dacera.

A ploy to make the PNP look good?

Netizens have repeatedly disputed Sinas’s claim of Dacera being raped, but one person seems to believe what Sinas is saying—Christine Dacera’s mother Sharon Dacera.

In this now-viral photo, Sharon can be seen hugging Sinas after their meeting and subsequent press conference at Greenhills in San Juan.

Videos of Sinas telling the Daceras that they do not have enough evidence to support the rape-slay angle have also circulated,

The public, however, isn’t falling for it, especially after alleged photos of Christine’s autopsy went viral.

Netizens are already calling out Sinas for using this issue to both cover up recent PNP debacles and make the country’s police force look good under his leadership.

Calls for Sinas to resign have intensified due to his incompetence not just as the country’s police chief, but as a police officer in general.

Former Bayan Muna partylist representative Teddy Casiño seems to have hit on something of a trend with the PNP.

This would include not just Sinas, who might be looking to pull what former PNP top cop Sen. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa has done and manage to stay in public service, but other cops as well.

Sinas’s angle has already been dismantled as the Makati City Prosecutor’s office has already ordered the release of the three suspects captured at the beginning of their investigation.

Will the country’s police chief still push through with his rape-slay case narrative? Or will he rescind his 72-hour ultimatum and subsequent manhunt?

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