By Rjay Zuriaga Castor

PHOTO: Daily Tribune

MANILA – Senator Risa Hontiveros on Tuesday took a swipe on the alleged rape case of flight attendant Christine Dacera,  who was found dead in her hotel room in Makati City on New Year's Day.

"Ang damit o kapal ng makeup ay hindi consent. Even Maria Clara was raped. Hindi kailanman karapatan ng lalaki gahasain ang babae. Tama na ang 'boys just being boys.’ These boys are rapists & criminals," the senator wrote in a tweet.

"Never the victims' fault, always the rapists," she added.

Hontiveros, who was also a vocal advocate on fight against rape incidents further slammed those who still acknowledges victim blaming.

"Sa patuloy na paninisi sa mga biktima ng rape, mas lalong dadami ang kaso ng rape. Mas lalong dadami ang mga kriminal. Rapists are criminals. Criminals should be put behind bars. Tama na ang sugar coating,"she said.

In the past noon on New Year's Day, Dacera was found lifeless in the bathtub of a hotel room in City Garden Hotel located at the corner of Makati and Kalayaan Avenues in Barangay Poblacion, Makati City.

She checked into the hotel along with friends for a New Year’s Eve celebration.

The victim’s mother, Sharon, revealed they were even on video call past 12 a.m. of January 1, hours before Christine was found dead.

Drugged, raped?

Police are questioning 11 men who are friends of Dacera’s friends, said to be a mix of gays and bisexuals who were invited during a New Year’s Eve party.

City police chief Col. Harold Depositar said three of the suspects were taken into police custody and eight others remain at large; and may be subjected to toxicology and drug tests.

Depositar also said that Dacerawas pronounced dead in the hospital due to ruptured aortic aneurysm, adding that veins in her brain burst.

Probers said they are also looking into the possibility that Dacera was raped as there was sexual contact, based on medico-legal report.

Police reports revealed that lacerations were found in Dacera’s thighs as well as contusions on her knees, just yet authorities cannot establish the rape angle without any testimony from witnesses.

PNP says rape-slay 'solved'

The Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Monday, January 4, that it has solved rape-slay of a 23-year-old flight attendant even if most of the suspects remain at-large.

In a statement, the PNP announced the arrest of 3 suspects in the killing of flight attendant Christine Angelica Dacera.

"POLICE SOLVE NEW YEAR RAPE-SLAY OF FLIGHT ATTENDANT," the PNP headlined its statement, even if the police have yet to apprehend the 9 other suspects.

The 3 have been charged with provisional rape with homicide. The PNP branded the case as "solved", as long as some of the suspected perpetrators are already in police costing and they have identified suspects in the case they are probing.