3 arrested in rape-slay of flight attendant

AdChoiceTV News — Authorities have arrested three suspects who are allegedly involved in the rape-slay of Christine Angelica Dacera, a 23-year-old flight attendant during a New Year’s Eve party in a Makati City hotel.

In a statement, the Philippine National Police said John Pascual Dela Serna III, 27; Rommel Daluro Galido, 29; and John Paul Reyes Halili, 25, were also charged with the crime of rape with homicide during inquest proceedings at the Prosecutor’s Office in Makati City on Monday.

The PNP said nine other persons who were also with the victim during her stay at City Garden Hotel in Makati City are now being hunted by authorities. They were identified as Gregorio Angelo de Guzman, Louie de Lima, Clark Jezreel Rapinan, Rey Englis, Mark Anthony Rosales, Jammyr Cunanan, Valentine Rosales, a certain Ed Madrid; and a certain Paul.

Based on initial investigation, the victim and the suspects were at a New Year’s Eve party at the hotel. At past noontime of Jan. 1, Dacera was found unconscious in the bathtub of her hotel room. Hotel personnel tried to revive her before she was rushed to a hospital, where she was declared dead.

In a statement, the victim’s employer, PAL Express, vowed support for the family of Dacera in their cry for justice.

“We are extending support to the flight attendant’s family at this most difficult time,” PAL Express said. “Our desire is for the truth to come out in the interest of justice.” — via Irvin Chua

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