‘Blame it on bad luck’-A A +A
Saturday, August 9, 2014
BEFORE the judge’s verdict on his case was read Tuesday morning, SPO1 Adonis Dumpit sat on the bench with two jail guards near him.
The wife of his lawyer Benjamin Militar caught his attention.
“She told me ‘Adonis, pray’,” he told Sun.Star Cebu.
The long-haired police officer bent his head and covered his face with his hands.
“I prayed that the decision would just be for homicide and not murder,” he said. “My prayer was answered.”
Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 6 Judge Ester Veloso convicted Dumpit of homicide, instead of the original murder charge, for shooting dead 17-year-old Ronron Go in 2004.
He was sentenced to spend six to nine years and four months in jail. Dumpit said he respects the judge’s decision.
Dumpit, 50, has been detained at the Cebu City Jail for more than three years already.
He said he already likes to go back to the police service. (The National Police Commission said he is still in its roster.)
Despite being convicted for doing his job, Dumpit said he has no regrets joining the Philippine National Police (PNP), saying he already knew the risks of being a law enforcer.
“When we took oath, we already knew then what could happen to us,” he said.
The avid sport shooter describes his imprisonment as bad luck these.
“What happened to me is bad luck. We don’t get lucky all the time. What’s important though is that I’m still alive,” said Dumpit.
Since he was transferred to the city jail in March 2011, Dumpit grew his hair long because he was planning to cut it short when he is already free.
He had his curly hair was straightened through a rebonding procedure.
“I tried to grow my beard, but I didn’t like it because of the white hair,” he said.
Life behind bars is quite difficult for Dumpit because he is away from his 19-year-old son, a college student taking up psychology.
The bemedaled officer, however, is often visited by his son and he is taking on a spiritual journey by reading the Bible and joining novenas every Friday.
Inside his jail cell, he reads either of the two Bibles given to him by a religious group and detective novels. He also plays basketball with fellow inmates.
Atty. Militar gave his wife’s prayer book of the Our Lady of the Forsaken (Virgen de los Desamparados) to Dumpit yesterday morning.
“That can help you,” the lawyer told Dumpit.
Despite everything that has happened to him, Dumpit said he still has faith in God.
Dumpit, the eighth in a brood of 10, graduated from a provincial high school in his hometown in Baganga, Davao Oriental in 1981.
He labored on farms in his hometown for two years, before enrolling in Criminology at the University of the Visayas in Cebu City in 1984.
His mother Liwayway Bustamante Dumpit, 81, wanted him to take up a maritime course, but the latter did not heed her.
In 1991, Dumpit applied for a spot in the Philippine Army, but an officer rejected him because he only had a college degree.
Dumpit’s relatives from Luzon were mostly military men. His grandfather Carlos Vicente Ortiz Dumpit graduated from the Philippine Military Academy in 1918, but he died during a battle as a first lieutenant.
Dumpit’s father, Napoleon Reyes Dumpit, was still nine months old when Carlos died.
Napoleon, a barrister, died seven years ago.
Following the Army officer’s advice, Dumpit submitted his application and was accepted to the PNP in 1992.
When asked to describe his first year as a police officer, Dumpit said it was an “adventure.” He joined PNP in his late 20s.
Dumpit was assigned in the anti-insurgency campaign in Bohol, Negros Island, and in Zamboanga peninsula for more than five years.
He was also a member of the team that raided a group from the New People’s Army in Batuan, Bohol.
He denied any involvement in the vigilante-style killings in Cebu City in mid-2000s, dismissing the rumor that he was the lead enforcer as “hearsay.”
“Our duty is to serve and protect,” he said.
Dumpit, however, admitted he has killed eight persons and disabled 20 others with criminal records in line of his duty. These persons, he said, opened fire at him first.
“I dreamt of all of them, including Ronron,” he said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 09, 2014.