Dacera’s phone to undergo NBI forensic test

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Friday said the National Bureau of Investigation would conduct a digital forensic examination on the cellular phone of flight attendant Christine Angelica Dacera who died in January 1, 2021 after checking into a Makati City with friends on Dec. 31, 2020 to celebrate the New Year’s eve together.

Guevarra stressed the results on the NBI examination would then be submitted to the investigating prosecutor next week.

He believes that the results of the NBI’s digital forensic examination of Dacera’s cellular phone might be of great help in the resolution of the case, although Makati City prosecutors’ office had concluded its preliminary investigation.

“The NBI expects to finish this (examination of the cellular phone) by early next week so that its report could be submitted to and considered by the investigating prosecutor in the resolution of the case,” the Justice Secretary said in a text message to reporters.

The Office of the City Prosecutor conducted preliminary investigation on rape with homicide complaint filed by the Philippine National Police against 11 persons, in connection with Dacera’s death.

Dacera was found unconscious last January 1 in the bath tub of her room at the City Garden Grand Hotel in Makati City where she celebrated the new year with her friends. She was rushed to the Makati Medical Center but was declared dead on arrival.

Last January 8, Guevarra directed the NBI to conduct its own investigation and “if evidence warrants, to file the appropriate charges against all persons involved and found responsible for any unlawful act in connection therewith.”

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