The murder of 23-year old naval Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadet Willy Amihoy was not connected to the government’s ROTC program, stated the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
AFP spokesperson Edgard Arevalo cired on March 12, Tuesday evening that the incident was a “bare criminal act,” which curtailed from a personal quarrel between the victim and his roommate Elmer Decilao.
Amihoy was found lifeless inside the latrine of the State College of Fisheries-Dumangas Campus (ISCOF-DC) dormitory Monday, March 11.
“What happened was a plain criminal act that sprung from an altercation between two private individuals over personal matters, the incidentals, notwithstanding…. There is no way that this is ROTC-related incident or that it could have happened in a ROTC Training environment,” Arevalo added.
The dispute was over a stolen wallet which allegedly Amihoy – a freshman and basic naval ROTC cadet – suspected Decilao of stealing his wallet. Amihoy then confronted Decilao that “could have preceded the commission of the crime.”
Decilao is in police custody.
The AFP deprived earlier reports stating Decilao was the ROTC Corps Commander. Arevalo said he was not enrolled in ROTC.
The incident derives as the government is discussing whether or not to reinstate mandatory ROTC in Grades 11 and 12. ROTC was made optional back in 2002 following the death of University of Santo Tomas student Mark Welson Chua, who was slain by his senior officers after exposing the corruption in the UST ROTC unit.