Navy officer linked to Marine female officer’s killing arrested in Zamboanga PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 May 2015 09:45

A team of policemen and soldiers arrested in Zamboanga Sibugay on Monday a Navy officer who has been accused in the killing of a Marine junior officer in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, last year.

Navy Lt. (Junior Grade) Benjie Chico was arrested by policemen, Army soldiers and Air Force and Navy intelligence agents at Aguinaldo, Poblacion, Imelda,

In the course of Chico’s arrest, the team also bagged a suspected drug pusher identified as Pedot Malazarte, also of Imelda town, who was in the area that was raided and where Chico was hiding.

Chico was a suspect in the killing of Marine 1Lt. Shelina Calumay, 33, whose body was found slumped at the driver’s seat of her car, and with a single bullet wound in the face.

The crime was committed on November 26, 2014. Investigators said Calumay’s body was discovered at around 6 a.m. inside her vehicle that was parked in front of the Jurado Hall at Naval Station Jose Francisco in Fort Bonifacio.

At the time of her death, Calumay, a graduate of Naval Officer Candidate Course Class 13, was three months pregnant with her second child.

The Navy spokesman, Col. Edgard Arevalo said Chico’s arrest was not connected with Calumay’s killing and that the Navy officer was taken in because of the standing arrest order that has been issued by the Navy leadership after he went absent without official leave (Awol) following the killing.

“We have declared him on Awol and because of that, under our rules, he has to surrender or face apprehension and be brought back to military control,” Arevalo said.

“Insofar as the Navy is concerned, his case is being on Awol. Insofar as his possible involvement in the crime is up for the police to establish because it is them that is conducting the investigation. We have provided all the information, data, access, cctv. So all these things taken together, they should be able to determine if he is considered a suspect or not,” he added.

Earlier, the family of Calumay believed her killing was related to her job as the special disbursing officer of the Office of Naval Inspector General.

At the time of her death, Calumay, who was married to a Marine enlistedman, was also the concurrent aide de camp to the naval inspector general.