Frankie Pangilinan posted a series of tweets on the case of Christine Dacera (inset).


Frankie Pangilinan apologises for tweets on Christine Dacera case


MANILA – Filipino celebrity Frankie Pangilinan has apologized for her previous “impassioned tweets” on the death of flight attendant Christine Dacera.

Dacera, 23, was found unconscious at a hotel room bathtub after a New Year’s eve party with friends. She was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

The cause of death was ruptured aortic aneurism, but police had not ruled out the possibility of foul play and rape, charging 11 men who were with her at the party with rape with homicide.

News of her case sparked outrage online, with netizens calling for justice for Dacera and a stop to victim-blaming.

In a series of tweets, Frankie voiced her opinion on rape and also shared a tweet with a list of suspects linked to Dacera’s death. On Wednesday, three of the suspects were released from detention.

“It is never the clothes, never the drinks — never the victim, period. It is always, ALWAYS, the rapist’s fault. How many more times do we have to hammer this home for it to stick in your thick skulls, please??!??!” Frankie said on Twitter.

However, the star received backlash after sharing a tweet with the list of suspects.

“I will withhold opinions until further, accurate information is dispersed, but I would like to apologize for the initial impassioned tweets here below :((( all my other sentiments, however, remain true — respect is better than protection, and rape is and always will be terrible,” Frankie tweeted.

Actor-singer Markki Stroem slammed Frankie’s tweet, demanding an apology from her for supposedly public-shaming the suspects.

“This is not enough, I have friends on this list who did not deserve this public shaming. I rarely tweet. Take this down and apologize,” Stroem said.

Frankie responded by apologizing again and saying she had already deleted her quoted tweets.

Gregorio Angelo de Guzman, son of singer Claire dela Fuente, was among the suspects tagged in the incident who spoke up and denied allegations of gang rape. CAM/Expat Media

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