A NAVAL officer who went AWOL (absent without official leave) after he was linked to the murder of a female Marine officer in November last year was arrested in Zamboanga Sibugay, the Philippine Navy announced on Tuesday.
Lt. Junior Grade Benjie Chico was collared by members of naval intelligence in the municipality of Imelda in Zamboaga Sibugay around 2 p.m. , according to Navy spokesman Col. Edgard Arevalo.
Chico was implicated in the killing of 1st Lieutenant Shelina Calumay, 33, who was found on the morning of November 26 inside her car, parked in front of Juardo Hall at Naval Station Jose Francisco in Fort Andres Bonifacio in Taguig City (Metro Manila).
But Arevalo clarified that the arrest of Chico was in no way connected to the killing of Calumay but to the apprehension alarm issued related to his going on AWOL.
He said that being a member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Chico has to be brought back under the military’s control.
As for Chico’s involvement in the Calumay case, according to the Navy spoksman, it is up to the Philippine National Police (PNP) to establish or build up a case against him.
Arevalo said the Navy has already provided the PNP all information, data, access and footage from closed-circuit television.