The Christine Dacera Case

The case of Christine Dacera, a 23-year old PAL flight attendant shocked the morning news yesterday. The poor victim from General Santos City spent her New Year’s countdown in a hotel with three male friends who were also her co-flight attendant. According to the news, Christine called up her family to inform them about her New Year Party. Some reports said that her three male friends are gay and Christine was not aware that there were other guests at the party. The other guests were acquaintances of her friends and were staying in the adjacent hotel room.

One of her friends saw her lying on the bathtub at around 10 AM and thought that she was just sleeping. (Do they intend to wash her to wipe off the evidence?) When he woke up later to check on her, he found her turning blue so he alerted the hotel. The hotel clinic performed CPR but Christine was not responsive.
She was declared dead at 5 PM. The worse part of it is there were traces of sperm on her and bruises on her arms and legs. At least 10 people are now considered as suspects. Her cause of death was aneurysm but the toxicology report could tell if she was drugged.

Looking at her Instagram account, this girl was promising and looked hardworking. If it is true that her friends set her up, it reminds us that not everyone who laughs with us is our friend.
Instead of protecting her, Christine’s friends allowed her to be violated.

I don’t believe that Christine intentionally took drugs. As what I said, she looked hardworking and promising. Any smart person knows that drugs would do more harm than good. Her case is somewhat similar to a casino employee who died of a drug overdose some years back. I don’t know how much to maintain a drug-sniffing dog but I think it would help if hotels would have one to check on drug-carrying individuals.

This is a developing case.

I pray for her family’s strength and may justice be served the soonest.

Update- January 6, 2021
I mentioned yesterday that Christine’s case is under development, and my reaction was based on the news reports that were available online. Now comes the story from the other side of the fence that Christine died of natural causes. Ergo, there was no rape and drugs involved. I read that there’s going to be another autopsy, as initiated by her family, to validate the initial result. By now, the story says that it was Christine who booked the hotel room for them and that she knew the 11 men. I hope that the truth will come out the soonest so that her family can find the closure that they need. In case the 11 men are not guilty, it’s also a lesson for the media and the police to be careful about releasing pre-mature reports.

Maka-PAL o Makapal?

The resignation of seven Philippine Airlines (PAL) pilots caught media attention because of its effect: delayed flights and no flights at all for the poor passengers. Your immediate reaction could be, “Ang kakaPAL naman ng mga pilotong yan! It’s their moral responsibility to serve the country. Sa flag carrier pa mandin sila nagtatrabaho!”

What made them resign? Basta ayaw na lang? Sawa na sa PAL? Better offer sa ibang airlines? Better plane perhaps? Pero eto ang binalita kahapon. As early as January 2010, these pilots were informed that some of them would be transferred to PAL’s sister airline. This would mean a lower compensation. Parang kang na-demote kumbaga kung sahod ang pag-uusapan. At eto namang PAL pala eh pag umabot na ng 40 years old ang piloto, good-bye PAL na sila. Ganun ba kabata ang pagreretiro ng isang piloto? Is it the same policy with the other airlines? These pilots have mouths to feed. Baka nga yung iba sa kanila, wala pang ipon o sariling bahay. Some of them were informed that their tenure would end on January 2011. If you were in their position, wouldn’t you be tempted to find another employer?

Earlier, PAL contemplated of giving disciplinary (or legal?) actions to their ex-pilots. Six months kasi ang turn-over ng isang piloto ng kanyang eruplano. That’s the stick principle. Here’s the carrot principle: last night, PAL is encouraging their ex-pilots to come back to them. Their benefits will be given (at last!) and they will receive the same salary if they will be transferred to the sister airline. Kinda too late because for sure, these pilots have signed their employment contract to their new employer.

On the other side, their flight attendants have their own issues too with PAL’s management. Average salary (or is it starting salary?) is PhP 8,500. Glamorosa ka ngang tignan pero ganyan ang salary mo, baka kulang pang pambili ng make up yan unless they’re given allowances for that. But it’s good to see these two flight attendants on 24 Oras saying that despite the low compensation, they will be loyal to PAL because it’s an honor for them to be part of Philippine’s flag carrier.