The companions of late flight attendant Christine Dacera who were with her in a hotel when she died are mulling counter charges against her family, their lawyer said, citing alleged bogus claims.
Lawyer Mike Santiago, who represents 11 of Dacera's companions linked to her death, said Monday charges of malicious prosecution and perjury could be filed against the late flight attendant's family for insisting on claims of rape with homicide.
"We will also file counter charges against these people who are also concocting lies one after the other," Santiago said at a press briefing.
"We are also preparing counter charges against the Dacera family for malicious prosecution, incriminating innocent persons, perjury, because they want to make it appear that there was rape and homicide," he said.
The development comes days after the National Bureau of Investigation recommended charges of obstruction of justice, reckless imprudence resulting in homicide, perjury, falsification of an official document by a public officer, and administering illegal drugs over Dacera's death.
The charge sheet included: Mark Anthony Rosales, Rommel Galido, John Pascual dela Serna, Darwin Joseph Macalla, Gregorio de Guzman, Jezreel Rapinan, Alain Chen (Valentine Rosales), Reymar Englis, lawyer Neptali Maroto, Louie de Lima, and Police Maj. Michael Sarmiento.
Dacera was found dead in the bathtub of a hotel room she shared with her friends on January 1, after a night of partying where her parents claimed that she was drugged. Her companions however denied harming her as well as the presence of illegal drugs at the party.
Sought for comment on the recommendation of the NBI, lawyer Santiago said their camp feels "vindicated" because it proves that there was no rape.
"We feel vindicated by these charges being filed by the NBI because it appears that there's nothing to be afraid of, nothing to worry," he said.
"They want to force the issue na may rape with homicide so we will file counter charges," he added.
Dacera's mother Sharon has rejected the police report and insisted that there was foul play in her daughter's death.
In an earlier interview on TV host Boy Abunda's YouTube channel, Sharon said she would continue fighting for her daughter, notwithstanding bashers.
"Yung mga bash ba na ganyan, tatanggapin mo na lang basta nangyari sa anak mo?" she said. "That's what I'm fighting for. Wala naman kaming pera, pero alam ng Diyos na nangangailangan ng hustisya si Christine."