The prosecutor’s office has dismissed the rape and homicide complaints against 11 men over the death of a young flight attendant earlier this year.
Flight attendant Christine Angelica Dacera was found unresponsive in the bathtub of the City Garden Hotel in Makati, Manila on January 1, just hours after attending a New Year’s Eve Party.
Watch Dacera’s final moments in the video above
The 23-year-old was taken to hospital but later declared dead.
Following her death, police filed a provisional charge of rape with homicide against eleven men who were with her that night.
Three of the eleven men were arrested and released, pending further investigations.
At the end of last month, the Makati City prosecutor’s office dismissed the rape with homicide complaint against all eleven respondents over her death, citing “lack of probable cause”.
In a resolution, obtained by CNN Philippines, Assistant Prosecutor Joan Santillan said the evidence presented is “insufficient to engender a well-founded belief that rape, homicide, or rape with homicide has been committed.”
The decision clears all eleven men including John Pascual dela Serna III, Rommel Galido, John Paul Halili, Gregorio Angelo Rafael de Guzman, Jezreel Rapinan (Clark Rapinan), Alain Chen (Valentine Rosales), Mark Anthony Rosales, Reymar Englis, Louie Delima, Jamyr Cunanan and Eduard Pangilinan III.
The respondents had all denied the allegations against them.
Separate complaints filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) are still under preliminary investigation at the Department of Justice.
The NBI had said Dacera died of a ruptured aortic aneurysm, which is consistent with the findings of the Philippine National Police.
Dacera’s mother, Sharon, had previously pleaded with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to bring justice for her daughter.
“I don’t want this to happen to another woman who will be treated like that,” she said, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, “Christine does not deserve this brutality.”
– with CNN Philippines