Filipino found dead in Batam waters
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A Filipino man identified as Gamila Elmer Batutista, 42, was found dead in Indonesian waters on Thursday afternoon near a port belonging to shipbuilding company PT Batamec in Batam, Riau Islands.
Gamila was a crew member of the Singaporean ship Geluga II, which was moored at the port.
The police chief for the Batu Aji precinct, Comr. Tua Turnip, told The Jakarta Post that earlier on Thursday, his office received a report from PT Batamec security that one of the Geluga II’s crew had gone missing.
Later the same day, the company’s security division reported that it had found a body nearby.
“We have taken the body to hospital for an autopsy. By tomorrow, hopefully, we will be able to determine the cause of his death,” he said.
He also said that he had asked the company to file a report with the Philippine embassy and to call Gamila’s family to inform them about his death.
The circumstances that ultimately led to the death of the Filipino worker, according to Tua, remained a mystery. Three of his colleagues from the ship’s crew and two security officers claimed that nothing seemed suspicious prior to his death.
His colleagues similarly denied the possibility that the victim had killed himself or had been experiencing personal problems.
Members of the ship’s crew were drinking at a food center near the shipyard the night before, Tua said, and the atmosphere was reportedly happy. Gamila was found dead the following day.
“We will continue our investigation into the cause of the death. No traces of violence have been found on the victim’s body,” he said.
Gamila is the second foreign citizen to have been found dead in the region this month.
On August 16, Myanmarese Sue Hlaing, 66, who was a shipyard worker, was found dead in his room. The cause of his death has not yet been determined.