Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Debold Sinas on Monday denied that the case of Christine Dacera was given special attention by authorities.
At a press conference, Sinas was asked about the viewing of Dacera's remains at Camp Crame and the security given during her burial in General Santos City.
Sinas explained that the PNP just extended help as Dacera's colleagues in the Philippine Airlines wanted to pay their last respect and that the family was not able to find a place for the last viewing.
"Actually wala namang VIP treatment, 'yung dito nag-offer kami ng space kasi nga 'yung PAL employees, gusto nilang dumalaw before dalhin 'yung cadaver ni Ms. Christine sa Gen San ay wala po silang makuhang lugar," he said.
"At least it helps them at tumutulong naman kami," he added.
According to Sinas, the PNP only gave two hours for Dacera's final viewing.
As regards the security provided during the flight attendant's burial, Sinas said Dacera's mother, Sharon, has connections with the police and military because she is a reservist. He said he did not order that tight security will be given during the burial.
"As to the security doon, 'yung mother po kasi ni Christine is a reservist AFP personnel... she is friendly to both the AFP and the PNP. Marami po siyang kaibigan sa lugar nila. It is just fitting siguro na siyempre kaibigan mo, pupunta ka doon. Hindi naman namin sila pinagbawal at di rin namin sinabi na magpunta sila doon," Sinas said.
Further investigation is ongoing on the death of Dacera. Her family believes that she was raped and drugged.
Some of her friends were implicated on the incident and were initially arrested. However, the Makati City Prosecutor's Office ordered their release as the pieces of evidence submitted by law enforcers were insufficient to prove that Dacera was really abused.—AOL, GMA News