‘No one had the right to kill my boy’

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014


JANETH Badana waited for more than five years before she could testify about the fatal shooting of her son, Ronron Go, in December 2004. He was then 17.

After the court announced yesterday the conviction of SPO1 Adonis Dumpit, nearly 10 years after the shooting, Badana and her family could hardly wait to go to the Carreta Cemetery, where Go was buried.

“Ako siya gi-ingnan, ‘Saka na lang dong. Total, na-convict na si Dumpit, si Lord ra gyud ang pinaka-just (I told him, ‘Go. Dumpit has been convicted, and the Lord is just),” said Badana.

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Badana was 41 when she testified that last Dec. 14, 2004, Dumpit, two other policemen and a young woman visited her home in Villagonzalo II, Barangay Tejero in Cebu City.

They looked for her son.

When the young woman said that the man who held her up had long hair, parted in the middle, Badana told the court she had felt relieved. Her son was semi-bald. She recalled offering to go to her mother’s house to get her son, just so the young woman would see he wasn’t the same person who had robbed her.

Dumpit and his companions, however, left. Minutes later, Badana heard a gunshot.

When Judge Ester Veloso handed down yesterday her judgment, convicting Dumpit for homicide, Badana wept inside the courtroom.

“Justice is finally served. We respect the decision of Judge Veloso. I thank everyone who supported us in our quest for justice,” Badana told reporters.

A dream, a home

She recalled that in a dream, she saw her son, heard him tell her, “Ma, mouli na ko (Ma, I’m going home).” She saw it as a sign that he was now in peace.

Badana appealed for understanding from the public and asked them not to judge her son.

“Nobody is perfect. Everyone has his dark side. Unta, dili na lang nato i-judge si Ronron kay patay naman gud siya. Papahulayon na lang nato siya (I hope people won’t judge Ronron, who is dead. Let him rest),” she said.

Ronron was Badana’s eldest child from her first marriage.

She has three other children-now 34, 23 and 19- from her current marriage.

She admitted that Ronron had lacked guidance, but said she never tolerated nor encouraged any illegal acts.

“No one has the right to kill my son, even if he committed a crime,” she said.

She recalled that she survived the trial by keeping busy, taking care of her parents and her three other children.

Badana also thanked her volunteer lawyers Alfred Yann Oguis and Rizalina Zozobrado, the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas and National Bureau of Investigation Special Investigator Arnel Pura for supporting her.

She expressed gratitude to Judge Veloso for appreciating their evidence during the trial.

She also wants the PNP to dismiss Dumpit from the service, following his homicide conviction.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 06, 2014.

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