Dumpit remains in PNP roster, says Napolcom-A A +A
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
SPO1 ADONIS Dumpit, who was convicted yesterday for killing a suspected robber, is still a police officer, according to the National Police Commission (Napolcom) 7.
This, as some police officers expressed dismay at the decision of Judge Ester Veloso of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 6 to convict Dumpit of homicide in the death of Ronron Go in 2004.
Lawyer Risty Sibay, technical services division chief and public information officer of Napolcom 7, said Dumpit, who has been in jail for three years, is considered “on-leave.”
“I can still see his name in our list for June 2014,” said Sibay.
He said there is no ground to dismiss Dumpit because Napolcom junked in 2011 the grave misconduct charge filed against the police officer in relation to the killing of Ronron Go in 2004.
Sibay said Napolcom has yet to get a copy of the court’s decision. “We still haven’t read the full decision of the court, so we still do not know (what to do),” he said in a phone interview.
He said a police personnel can be dropped from the roster if he or she is dismissed from service for committing grave misconduct or if conviction in a criminal case recommends his or her dismissal as a police officer.
But retired RTC judge Meinrado Paredes said any government employee, law enforcer or public official who has been convicted of a crime can no longer perform his or her duties.
“That is the consequence of the conviction,” he said in a phone interview. “How can they serve when they are in jail?”
He said a judge does not need to write in the decision that the convict cannot work for the government anymore.
Paredes said, though, that Dumpit can appeal the lower court’s decision to convict him before the Court of Appeals.
“The Napolcom filed an administrative case against him because of the incident,” Sibay said. “He was acquitted for that even before the decision of his criminal case. So we cannot revoke the decision.”
He said that under Napolcom Memorandum Circular 2007-001, which provides for the uniform laws and procedures before administrative disciplinary authorities and the Internal Affairs Services of the PNP, the “imposition of disciplinary measures against erring policeman, once final, cannot be revised, set aside, unduly delayed by any disciplining authority without just cause.”
The 2011 decision of then Napolcom Chairman Jesse Robredo stated that a police officer is not required to afford a suspect the opportunity to fight back.
“Neither is he expected, when hard pressed and in heat of such encounter at close quarter, to pause for a long moment and reflect coolly at his peril, or to wait after each blow to determine the effects thereof,” it read.
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.
Supt. Pablo Labra II, acting chief of Police Regional Office 7's Regional Intelligence Division, said Dumpit’s conviction can demoralize police personnel.
“Nagtuo gyud ta nga matagaan og pabor nga desisyon si SPO1 Dumpit kay kahibaw ta unsay tinuod nahitabo. Subo nga bali diay sa atong expectation (We believed the court would decide in favor of Dumpit because we knew what really happened. It’s sad that the outcome was contrary to our expectation),” he said.
Dumpit was a member of the Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Bureau of the Cebu City Police Office and Labra was his superior.
Labra was among those who responded to the robbery alarm involving Go.
But Labra said the police respect the court’s decision. He urged all police personnel to continue fulfilling their duties.
“We should continue running after criminals who rob or kill their victims,” he said.
Chief Supt. Prudencio Tom Bañas, PRO 7 director, said they will provide financial assistance to help defray Dumpit’s legal expenses if the police officer decides to make an appeal.
He said the PRO 7 will help Dumpit who was charged while performing his duty.
“This is part and parcel of our job. We face those situations and trials in our career. We will help in the best way that we can to support our personnel,” Bañas said.
Senior Supt. Edward Carranza, chief of PRO 7's regional directorial staff, described Dumpit as a “very good shooter” who served as instructor in proficiency firing.
Former Cebu City mayor and congressman Tomas Osmeña said he will continue to support Dumpit, his former bodyguard.
“I don't abandon my friends and Dumpit will always be one of them,” Osmeña said in a text message to Sun.Star Cebu. Osmeña is on vacation in the United States.
Acting Mayor Edgardo Labella said, though, that the court’s decision should be respected.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 06, 2014.