Christine Dacera told one of her friends at the hotel where she was found dead that she suspected that one of their companions put something in her drink.
At a press conference, the friend and now one of the respondents in the alleged case of killing and rape said he dismissed Dacera and went back to sleep.
“Tumabi siya sa’kin, then sabi niya, ‘Sis, parang I feel something, parang naiiba ‘yung pakiramdam ko.’ I think merong naglagay sa drink niya, sabi niya sa’kin. Then sabi ko, ‘Who?’ and then sabi niya, ‘I think Mark,’” Rommel Galido said.
“Then sabi ko lang sa kanya, ‘Gaga, kung ano anong pinag-iisip mo.’ Gumano’n lang ako sa kanya then dinedma ko na siya, bumalik na naman ako sa pagtulog,” he added.
Pressed who Dacera was referring to, Galido said it was Mark Anthony Rosales.
Rosales has yet to submit any statement, according to the group of respondents who faced the media on Wednesday.
Another friend and respondent in the case, Clark Rapinan, said Dacera vomited heavily hours before she was found dead in the bathtub.
Rapinan said their newfound friends in another hotel room informed them that Dacera vomited there.
“About 5 a.m., 5:30, nawala po kasi si Tin, nasa kabilang room pala siya and then no’ng nag-cr ako, nag-cr kasi ako sa kabilang room dahil may suka do’n sa cr namin. Sabi sa’kin sa kabilang room, ‘Huy ‘yung friend niyo nagsuka,’” he said.
“Bumalik ulit ako sa room, sinabihan ko ‘yung mga kaibigan ko na ‘Guys si Tin sumuka sa kabila.’ And then ‘yun na po, pinuntahan siya nina [Valentine Rosales] para sunduin pabalik ng room… Then ‘yun, du’n na po siya nagstart magsuka nang magsuka.”
Rapinan also said Dacera insisted on staying in the bathtub instead of going to bed.
“Nasa bathtub siya and she’s waiting na masuka. Alam niyang masusuka siya. Sabi ko sa kanya, ‘Bumalik ka na sa bed after niyan.’ Siya mismo nagi-insist na do’n na siya magpapahinga kasi ayaw niyang masuka sa bed, ayaw niyang maihi sa bed,” he said.
Rosales added that they all took care of Dacera while she was struggling.
“I strongly believe na wala kaming guilt kasi the last moments of Tin is with us in the room, doon sa tub. For sure, lahat kami inalagaan siya, tinry namin siyang alagaan kasi suka na siya nang suka,” he said.
The respondents denied there were drugs at the party.
“Para sa’kin po, sa sarili kong opinyon, wala po kasi wala akong kahit anong nakita,” Galido said when asked about the matter.
“For me, wala. I believe walang party drugs. Kasi, first of all, ako, hindi naman ako nag gagano’n and ang usapan [ay] inuman,” Rosales added.
The respondents also said they were willing to undergo a drug test.
Galido, Rosales, and other respondents JP Dela Serna III and Clark Rapina all agreed that they likely had too much alcohol at the party.
“When I arrived there 10 [p.m.], nauna na sila e, umiinom na sila. Ako kumain pa ko,” Rosales said. “Pero siya (Dacera), may hawak na siyang wine glass tapos ‘yung iba parang medyo tipsy na.”
Galido said lots of liquor were at the party, including tequila and vodka.
The respondents also firmly denied any foul play in Dacera’s death.
The 23-year-old flight attendant was found lifeless in a bathtub a day after she checked into a hotel with friends to ring in the new year.
Dela Serna, Galido, and John Paul Halili were earlier ordered released from detention after the Makati City Prosecutor’s Office said “the pieces of evidence so far submitted are insufficient to establish that she was sexually assaulted or raped.”
A preliminary investigation has been set for January 13. -NB, GMA News