PNP to sue Marine for death of military officer

By Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 23 2014 06:17 PM | Updated as of Dec 24 2014 11:18 PM

MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to file murder charges against Marine Lt Jr Grade Benjie J. Chico, the officer implicated in the killing of fellow AFP junior officer Lt. Shelina Calumay inside Fort Bonifacio, Taguig.

Calumay was found dead inside her vehicle on the morning of November 28, with a bullet wound to the head.

Eyewitnesses identified Chico as the last person seen with Calumay.

The victim's husband, Sgt. Jeremy Calumay - also a Marine - showed a text message from his wife the night before she was found dead.

In it, the victim said she would go straight home after taking a certain "Chico" back to the Marine headquarters.

Police found Chico's testimony inconsistent with the testimonies of the others.

"Sa statement niya, huli daw nilang pagkikita ni Calumay at 12:30 ng tanghali. Pero may text yung asawa na siya ang kasama ni Calumay nung gabi. Lumalabas na magkaiba yung statement nila," said Chief Inspector Benito Basilio, chief of the Taguig City police investigation division.

"Sa nakikita namin, si Chico ang suspect namin," confirmed Basilio.

The PNP sees treachery in the way Calumay was shot, warranting their decision to charge Chico with murder instead of homicide.

The bullet that killed Calumay entered from the back of the head and exited through her cheek, exiting again through the car's windshield.

"May intensyon siyang patayin," said Basilio.

Chico, however, turned up negative in the parrafin test conducted on him before he fled. There are also no weapons registered to his name, said the PNP.