Killer of UE teacher nabbed


“Sigaw s’ya nang sigaw, nairita ako.” (She kept on screaming, it pissed me off.)

Peejay Romero made this cold-blooded confession on Wednesday after the 29-year-old construction worker and ex-convict was arrested for killing a University of the East (UE) teacher in Sampaloc, Manila.

Romero, who police described as a member of the Genuine Ilokano gang who was earlier convicted for attempted homicide in his native Tuguegarao City, was the primary suspect in the death of Rowena Calo, 42.

The UE teacher, who was also a guidance counselor in the university (not a clerk as earlier reported), was found dead and naked Monday afternoon in the room she was renting in an apartment on Negros Street in Manila’s Sampaloc area, where Romero was also a tenant.

Romero became the subject of a manhunt when he suddenly abandoned his apartment. SPO1 Camilo Maramag and PO2 Arnel Pornillosa of the Manila Police District’s Station 4 coordinated with the Quezon City police when they received information that Romero would meet his female partner at a bus terminal in Cubao.

When Romero was arrested Wednesday morning, police said they found a Teddy Bear coin bank and two cell phones in his backpack, items which were earlier reported missing by Calo’s sister on the day the body was found.

Presented later to Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, Romero said he didn’t mean to kill Calo when they crossed paths and accidentally bumped against each other outside the apartment’s common bathroom around 7 a.m. Monday. According to him, Calo had just finished taking a bath while he had just arrived from a drinking session.

He said the woman shouted at him, prompting him to slap her in retaliation. When Calo kept berating him, he choked her with one hand then used the other to grab a rug and stuff it into her mouth.

“Hindi ko inisip na patayin sya, pero nung maisip ko na nagawa ko na, tinuluyan ko na (I didn’t mean to kill her, but when I realized what I was doing, I just finished it),’’ he said.

He then brought Calo’s body inside her room and strangled her again with a belt “to make sure’’ she’s dead, he said.

Romero denied that he raped the victim, saying she was found naked because the towel she used to cover her body coming out of the bathroom fell off during the scuffle.

He admitted taking two cell phones and the coin bank from the room, thinking he could use the money while in hiding.

Originally posted at 04:34 pm | Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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  • Bunot-Supo

    There is nothing in this reason to justify a killing. It is natural for a person in that situation to scream. What a reason.

  • $5699914

    Useless brain of a man …may nadamay pa tuloy na isang contributing-part of society…

    • BatangSingapore

      parang sinabi mo na lang na dapat mga politiko na lang pinatay nila at sumaya pa ang sambayanan. hahahhahaha

  • WeAry_Bat

    No, there are lies in the story. He came from a drinking session. He chanced upon the woman about to take a bath. While he molested her, she shouted and shouted. He stuffed the mouth, etc.

    Btw, congrats sa police, good work. Sana mey award kayo. Ok lang kung hindi nag gun grab ang suspect.

    • GustoKoHappyKa

      Sana mang agaw sya ng baril!!! ;)

  • Odnalor Larguia

    panigurado ipapapasyal yan mamaya…gumagabi na….

  • Meow Ming

    di na mag-tatagal yan, mang-aagaw yan ng baril, habang naka-posas.

  • maypakialamtayo

    mang-agaw ka sana ng baril ng escort mong pulis.

  • pilosopo4

    The City of Manila’s Executioner is now preparing the mobile car that will take him to his arraignment and as we all know something is sinister in the police mobile that will make this dead man walking go for the escort’s gun. Case closed.

  • go88

    ‘he suddenly pulled a hidden knife and tried to stab the escort, while the policemen tried to disarm him he slipped and sliced his own throat open ….’

  • tata_boy

    Panahon na para ibalik ang death penalty sa mga karumal-dumal na krimen.

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    ayus lang mawala yan. walang nawala sa pinas.

  • Free___Speech

    Hang the murderer!

  • Hey_Dudes

    Susmalosep? Ikaw ba ang sakalin at tangakin pagnakawan hindi ka ba sisigaw din?

  • kentjohn

    phinga nyan hbang buhay..


    Gusto niyang tikman pero sumigaw. Aba’y nakakahiya nga namang mabanderang nang rape ng paso na…… tsk…tsk…tsk… ang pride talaga nakaka matay.

  • ajca82

    “strangled her with a belt to make sure she was dead”. Well, the dude’s obviously nuts.

    How I wish we had capital punishment for people like this, I’d rather have my taxes be given to deserving kids’ education rather than feeding these monsters.

  • regie

    mayor lim mukhang walang remorse po ang kulokoy na yan at recidivist…..

  • $14334231

    pinapasakay sa police car para dalhin sa husgado….umalpas sa dalawang pulis na escort….tumakbo…nabigla ang dalawang pulis….hahabulin….subalit minabuti na bala na lang ang humabol….tigok si romero…..buti nga sa ‘yo…you piece of sh#t…..

  • Hey_Dudes

    Don’t women specially those in the category of the victim i.e., educated, working in a established business establishment – chooses where she live or who they share their dwelling with?

    • david

      kararating mo lang ba galing sa ibang planeta at yan ang comment mo? alam mo ba magkano sahod ng teachers sa universities tulad ng UE?

  • noypisiTED

    Sino ginagago nitong kriminal na ‘to? Gusto nyang tirahin ang kawawang teacher dahil kapapaligo at naka tapis lang ng twalya. Pinasok ng diyablo ang utak ng lasingero ano pa ang ikinapagtataka n’yo? Kaya Mayor Lim alam nyo na po ang dapat kalagyan ng mga tulad ng mga walangya na ‘to.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    MPD yung magic natin gawin na diyan sa tolonges na yan!

  • Jim

    Bakit binuhay pa yang animal na yan…

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