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PNP explains its criteria for deeming a case ‘solved’

After reaping online flak for declaring the Christine Dacera case "solved" even though the investigation into her death is still ongoing, the Philippine National Police on Tuesday explained its criteria for considering a criminal case solved.

The PNP said it deems a case “solved” when the following elements are already in place:

1. The offender has been identified;
2. There is sufficient evidence to charge him;
3. The offender has been taken into custody; and
4. The offender has been charged before the prosecutor's office or court of appropriate jurisdiction.

The PNP claimed that all four elements are already present in the case.

Dacera, a flight attendant, was found dead in a hotel room in Makati City on New Year's Day.

The victim was said to have celebrated New Year's Eve in the hotel with her friends.

Three suspects have been arrested, while nine others are still at large. The autopsy report has not yet been released. — BM, GMA News