Sympathy and support from residents here poured in for the family of the late flight attendant Christine Angela Dacera, whose body was flown home on Thursday morning, a week after she was found dead in a hotel room in Makati City.
Relatives and friends trooped to St. Peter Chapels along the national highway in Barangay Apopong here to condole with the Dacera family and show their support to calls for justice over her untimely death.
The remains of the 23-year-old, who authorities and family members believed was a victim of sexual abuse before she was killed, arrived at the city international airport past 10 a.m. aboard Philippine Airlines (PAL) Flight 453 from Manila.
The body was immediately brought to the memorial chapel.
Sharon Rose, Christine’s mother, said they are overwhelmed with the support extended by residents, including local government officials, amid their ordeal.
“Thank you for adding to our strength. I’m sure (my daughter) wants to also say Hi to all of you,” she told reporters.
She also thanked PAL Express, Christine’s employer, for its support.
Sharon, who came home on the same flight after earlier flying to Manila to personally attend to her daughter’s body, reiterated their resolve to seek justice for Christine.
She said they will not stop until all those behind her daughter’s death are jailed and convicted for the crime.
Christine, whose family is from Barangay San Isidro, was found unconscious in the bathtub of her rented room at the City Garden Grand Hotel in Makati around noon on Jan. 1, hours after joining a New Year’s Eve party with some friends.
She was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Makati Medical Center, with the cause initially ruled as “ruptured aortic aneurysm” based on the examination by the Southern Police District-Crime Laboratory Office.
But Sharon said they have reason to believe that there was “foul play” in Christine’s death, which the Makati City police and Philippine National Police chief, Gen. Debold Sinas, already declared as a case of “rape-slay.”
She said they hope that the “truth will come out” in the independent autopsy in the next few days.
Sharon did not disclose the details of the planned re-autopsy but a close family source said it “was not yet done and still being arranged.”
“We just want justice and we know that the truth will eventually come out and speak for her,” she added.
Source: Philippines News agency