BATAC CITY, Dec. 4–The cadaver of 33-year-old junior naval officer 1Lt. Shelina Saguiguit Calumay was brought to her hometown here on Saturday night, Nov. 30, five days after she was found mysteriously murdered inside Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City, Metro Manila, report said.
Barangay officials led by Brgy. Capt. Joseph Ogot who helped preparation for the arrival of the corpse said her family members, relatives, neighbors and friends cried for justice for Shelina as they turned emotional, burst in tears and wept when her body arrived in their family house at Brgy. Naguirangan, this city. Her remains were transported from Manila to Ilocos Norte by fellow soldiers as official escorts aboard a military vehicle.
Top naval officers led by her direct superior gave her a military honor with 21-gun salute when she was buried at the Batac cemetary on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014.
Shelina’s husband, Sergeant Jeremy Calumay, also a Marine soldier of the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines), vowed to seek justice for his murdered wife. He appealed to the investigating authorities for the speedy solution of his wife’s slay so that the perpetrator shall be arrested and put to jail.
At press time, Sergeant Calumay had tagged a male person as alleged prime suspect in the killing based on his statement aired through the local media.
Meanwhile, report said messages of condolence and sympathy to the bereaved family poured in as mourners from all walks of life attended Shelina’s wake in their family house.
Her coffin was draped with Philippine Flag. Uniformed Marine soldiers in pair alternately stood guard during the wake.
Initial report disclosed that the victim was seen slumped at the driver’s seat when she was found dead inside her Suzuki Swift Dzire car parked in front of Jurado Hall, Naval Station at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, Metro Manila last Wednesday morning, Nov. 26, 2014. “Her face bore a single gunshot wound. Her wallet and cellular phone were missing,” investigators added.
Probers further said an empty shell for bullet of .9mm pistol was recovered at the crime scene. The gun used in the slay was not found in the vicinity. Investigators added that the car’s left window had a bullet hole.
At the time of her death, Lieutenant Calumay served as special disbursing officer and assigned as aide-de-camp in the office of the Naval Inspector General (NIG) at the Marine Headquarters, Fort Bonifacio. NIG office handles all cases of any irregularities in the naval forces, report said.
Relatives revealed that Shelina was three-month pregnant at time of her death. The dead male fetus taken from her womb was put in a closed bottle and placed beside her body. She and husband Jeremy had their first child, a little baby girl. (tsg w/ reports from ea, bbr, dga, ga, jg)