Pacquiao, Yap urged to withdraw bounty for suspects in Dacera case
MANILA, Philippines — Senator Manny Pacquiao and ACT-CIS party-list Rep. Eric Yap were urged on Friday to recall the reward they offered for the capture of supposed suspects in the death of flight attendant Christine Dacera.
Atty. Mike Santiago, legal counsel of Clark Rapinan, Valentine Rosales, Rommel Galido and John Pascual Dela Serna III made the appeal as his clients’ safety and security were being affected by the bounty the lawmakers offered.
The provisional charge of rape with homicide against 10 suspects was recently tossed back to police by the Makati City prosecutor for further investigation.
“We’re actually appealing to Congressman Yap and Senator Pacquiao to recall the bounty being offered,” Santiago said in an interview on ABS-CBN News Channel.
“This affects the safety and security of these gentlemen, these guys here considering nga merong mga sumusunod sa kanila, merong mga nagsusurveillance o nag-vivideo sa labas ng bahay nila so we’re appealing to them na i-recall po yung bounty talaga,” he added.
(This affects the safety and security of these gentlemen, these guys here considering that there individuals casing them, following them and taking videos outside their homes so we’re appealing for the recall of the bounty.)
Clark Rapinan, one of the respondents of the case, said he and his parents were being followed and that videos were taken when they stepped out of their residence on Thursday.
“Sa akin po, kahapon lang po nangyari, sobrang hirap po, sobrang nakakatakot and also sobrang hirap makita yung parents na nahihirapan kasi kahapon, noong umalis kami ng bahay, merong sumunod sa amin, may nagvivideo ng sinakyan naming kotse, sumusunod,” Rapinan said in the same interview.
(It happened yesterday, it was really tough and scary. It was hard to see my parents that way because yesterday, when we left our house, we were being followed and the vehicle we rode was being recorded on video.)
Four of the individuals linked to the death ofDacera maintained innocence amid police’s claims that the flight attendant was raped and killed.
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