Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Debold Sinas “momentarily relieved” from their posts the chief of the Makati Police, the Southern Police District medico-legal officer, and two investigators over their handling of the Chrisine Dacera case.

“Three things I have already discussed kay [National Capital Region Police Office acting director Police Brigadier General Vicente Danao Jr.] the following recommendations I have approved. First, of course, is to relieve the chief of police for command responsibility and he will be replaced later on the recommendation of the [regional director] of the NCRPO,” Sinas said.

“Second, the relief and investigation of the two investigators na involved doon and the investigation determining kung mayroong lapses and negligence ‘yong medico-legal or SOCO team ng SPD,” he added.

Sinas clarified that the four will be “momentarily relieved” from their jobs as internal investigation is ongoing.

“However as the [Special Investigation Task Group)] and the RD of the NCRPO might need their services ay kasama pa po sila doon for the smooth transfer of documents, evidence and others,” he said.

Sinas said the relief orders are not immediate.

“It’s just a recommendation and I leave that to the RD NCRPO to implement the recommendation which I already approved. It’s up to the RD NCRPO to implement it,” he said.

Dacera, a flight attendant, was found dead in the bathtub of a hotel room in Makati City on January 1 where she celebrated the New Year with her friends.

Eleven men face a criminal complaint for rape with homicide at the Makati prosecutor’s office. Ronald dela Cruz