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Christine Dacera: Police head removed over 'botched' rape probe

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The police chief of an affluent area of the Philippine capital, Manila, has been suspended for his handling of an investigation
into the suspected rape and murder of a young air stewardess.

 

The case of Christine Dacera, found dead in a hotel room after a New Year's Eve party, made headlines for weeks.

 

Police quickly said she had been raped and murdered, arresting three men.

 

But the men have now been released while questions have been raised over officers' initial conclusions.

 

The removal of Makati Police Chief Colonel Harold Depositar is the latest development, and comes in the wake of massive
criticism for their handling of the high profile case.

 

Critics say the case represents a denial of due process, an issue that has been raised before in relation to their
implementation of President Rodrigo Duterte's "War on Drugs"

 

What did police initially say?

On 4 January, police issued a statement that they had "solved" the death of the 23-year-old flight attendant, adding that

she had been raped and murdered.

 

The statement added that police had arrested three suspects arrested while nine others were "still at large".

 

All 12 men had been with her that night.

 

Despite a pending legal medical review of the death, Colonel Depositar confirmed they had "already filed a rape with
homicide" case.

 

What was the reaction like?

Initially, outrage. The story exploded on social media and was trending for days.
The hashtag #JusticeForChristineDacera went viral following the police statement, although there were those
who blamed her for partying with so many men.

 

 

General Sinas called on the nine "at large" to "surrender within 72 hours or we will hunt you down using force
if necessary".



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