Eleven men have been charged with a heinous gang rape and murder after a 23-year-old flight attendant was found dead at a luxury hotel in the Philippines.
Christine Angelica Dacera was reportedly celebrating New Year's Eve in Makati's City Garden Hotel, a four-star facility where she had checked in and was planning to have some fun with friends to ring in 2021.
Things went wrong when one of her colleagues, Rommel Galida, says he woke up the next morning around 10 a.m. and noticed Dacera lying in the bathtub. Thinking she was asleep, he covered her with a blanket and returned to bed himself. However, when he woke up several hours later, he claims he found her unconscious and turning blue.
After they all tried to revive Dacera via CPR, her coworkers and friends took her to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead upon arrival.
According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, police filed a provisional charge of rape with homicide against 11 men in conjunction with Dacera's death. Police reported that she "had lacerations and sperm in her genitalia," and was bruised and cut on her arms and legs.
The report also stated that of the 11 charged, only three were actually known to Dacera, with the rest of them being friends of friends who were staying in two adjacent hotel rooms.
The charges are currently only provisional, as the prosecutor's office is waiting for the autopsy findings and the toxicology report in order to draw a clearer picture of the circumstances surrounding her death.
Dacera's mother, Sharon Rose Dacera, told the Manila Bulletin that she thinks the murder was premeditated. "They planned this. They treated my daughter like a pig,” she said. “Surrender to the authorities and prove your innocence. If you are really not guilty, surrender.”
The beautiful flight attendant was popular on Instagram, boasting more than 120K followers on the social media platform. Her last photo posted showed her in pandemic gear, sporting a hair cap and mask. "Last flight for this one helluva year," she captioned the shot. She was also a Cum Laude graduate of Communication Arts of University of the Philippines-Mindanao.