Authorities in the Philippines have removed the police chief of a high-end district in Manila from his post for “unprofessional handling” of killing a young air hostess.
Christine Dassira was found murdered in a hotel room after New Year’s Eve, and the incident had garnered great attention in local and social media for weeks.
Police quickly announced that Christine, 23, had been raped and killed. Three men were arrested.
But these three have now been released, and questions have been raised about the basis for the police’s findings in the first place.
And the decision to remove Makati Township Police Chief, Colonel Harold Debostar, was finally issued after widespread criticism of how he dealt with the important incident.
Critics say the case is a disregard for due process, a criticism raised earlier over the police’s implementation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to wage a “war on drugs.”