Police officer plays ball, reads Bible behind bars-A A +A
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
SPO1 Adonis Dumpit stays fit by playing basketball with his fellow inmates in the Cebu City Jail and sharpens his mind by reading, said his former superior at the Cebu City Intelligence Branch (CIB).
Supt. Pablo Labra II often visits Dumpit. During his previous visits, he brought books like Robert Ludlum’s “The Bourne Identity,” a espionage novel that became a Hollywood film.
But Labra said he was surprised to learn that Dumpit's reading materials include the Holy Bible.
“He told me he started reading the Bible three years ago. I came to know that reading the scriptures became part of his daily activities only last year,” he said in a phone interview.
Labra, now the Police Regional Office 7 Intelligence Division chief, said Dumpit is also active in weekly novena prayers and mass.
He said he did not notice Dumpit being involved in religious activities while he was with the CIB.
“He is involved in a Bible study group now. It is good to learn he is into reading the Bible,” Labra said.
The police official thought Dumpit would be acquitted of murder filed by the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for Military and Other Law Enforcement Offices (Moleo). The case stemmed from the death of suspected robber Ronron Go in 2004.
But Regional Trial Court Branch 6 Judge Ester Veloso convicted Dumpit of homicide, a lesser crime compared to murder.
Labra said he respected the decision.
Dumpit, who teaches shooting proficiency, showed up in court last Tuesday for the promulgation of his case. He let his hair grow long in the three years he stayed in jail while his case was on trial.
Labra said Dumpit told him he intended to cut his hair when acquitted.
The National Police Commission (Napolcom) 7 kept Dumpit in the roster of PNP personnel and is considered him “on-leave.” In 2011, it acquitted Dumpit of grave misconduct, ruling that the police officer was not required to give Go the chance to fight back.
Dumpit shot dead Go while responding to a robbery alarm in Barangay Villagonzalo 2 in Cebu City on Dec. 14, 2004. Go allegedly aimed a gun at Dumpit, prompting the policeman to shoot.
Labra said he believes Dumpit can work again in the PNP when he is granted parole or after completing his sentence, which is six to nine years behind bars.
He said he is willing to work again with Dumpit, whom he described as courteous and hardworking.
Labra recalled working with Dumpit during an operation that led to the capture of suspected robbery gang leader Rey Torres in Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur in June 2005.
“It was done behind enemy lines,” he said.
Torres got hit in the leg when he tried to fight the police. His alleged cohort Danilo Limotan was arrested the following month.
Rumors about Dumpit's involvement in the series of vigilante-style killings in Cebu City that started on Dec. 22, 2004 as the lead enforcer also reached Labra's ears.
Labra defended Dumpit, saying he knew most of the latter's actions and summary executions of suspected criminals were not among them.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 07, 2014.