PNP exec remains in custody despite posting bail for drug case

POLICE Superintendent Lito Cabamongan, the cop who was caught during a drug session in Las Piñas City last month, remains under police custody despite having posted bail for his drug related charges.

Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Dionardo Carlos said that aside from criminal charges, Cabamongan is also facing administrative charges with the PNP-Internal Affairs Service (IAS).

Last Friday, Cabamongan posted P240,000 bail before Las Piñas Regional Trial Court. Judge Lorna Domingo earlier allowed him to post bail.

"PSupt. (Police Superintendent) Cabamongan is placed on holding office of the PNP crime laboratory in Camp Crame being his mother unit. Tuloy pa din ang kasong kriminal at administratibo laban sa naturang opisyal," he said.

On March 30, Cabamongan, along with a female companion, was caught red-handed using illegal drugs inside a house in Las Piñas City.

Cabamongan was the chief of the satellite office of PNP Crime Laboratory Service in Alabang during the time of his arrest. He was the highest police official who was caught in the government's war on drugs.

Cabamongan was initially charged for violation of Section 13 (possession of dangerous drugs during parties and meetings), a non-bailable offense; Section 14 (possession of paraphernalia, equipment, instruments of drugs) and Section 15 (use of dangerous drugs), both bailable offenses.

But the Las Piñas RTC downgraded the three charges filed against Cabamongan to Section 12 (possession of drugs and paraphernalia) and Section 15, which are both bailable offenses.

Cabamongan earlier denied his involvement in illegal drugs and said that he was in the area for surveillance mission. His superior in the PNP Crime Laboratory, however, denied his claim. (SunStar Philippines)

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