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Celebrated case vs Cebu cop to be decided tomorrow

By: Ador Vincent S. Mayol August 04,2014 - 06:15 AM

After close to a decade, the Cebu City Regional Trial Court Branch 6  will rule on the murder case filed against police officer Adonis Dumpit tomorrow.

Judge Ester Veloso has set the promulgation of Dumpit’s case at 8:30 a.m. inside her courtroom on the ground floor of Qimonda IT Center.

Dumpit, who has been in detention since Feb. 1, 2010, will be escorted by officers of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology when he attends the case promulgation.

Dumpit was accused of shooting a 17-year-old robbery suspect Ronron Go in sitio Sampaguita, barangay Tejero, Cebu City on Dec. 14, 2004.

Go’s mother, Janeth Badana, said she’s anxious about the court’s ruling on the case.

“Human sa tanan namong paningkamot, nakuyawan ko kon unsa ang decision. Nag-ampo ko nga mahatagan og hustisya ang akong anak. (After all our hard work, I’m afraid as to what the court’s decision will be. I’m praying that justice will be rendered to my son),” she said.

The 45-year-old mother said she’s convinced that Dumpit intentionally killed her  son who sustained two fatal gunshot wounds in the back.

Despite losing a son, Badana said she doesn’t bear any grudge against Dumpit  who was tagged in the killing of three other suspects and the wounding of at least a dozen more since the late 1990s.

“I entrust everything to the Lord. The best thing to do is to pray for the person who caused you much pain. I pray that Dumpit will be enlightened.  Only the judge knows how this case will end. All I want to do is to fight for the truth,” she said.

Badana, who has three remaining children, is assisted by Graft Investigator and Prosecution Officer Alfred Yann Oguis of the Ombudsman Visayas and private lawyer Rosalina Zozobrado.

Dumpit’s lawyer Benjamin Militar, in a separate interview, said he hopes that the court will clear the policeman of the accusations.

“We can’t guess what the judge will say. We just hope that she (Judge Veloso) will be fair in rendering the decision. As far as we’re concerned, we did our best to defend Adonis Dumpit. We expect justice will be done,” he said.

Dumpit, who served as bodyguard of then Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmeña, was assisted by several lawyers when trial began.

But now, only Militar and lawyer Pedro Leslie Salva are left to defend the policeman.

Dumpit surrendered in Davao in February 2010 due to pressure from his superiors who had been accused of hiding him.

In his counter-affidavit, Dumpit said he was responding to a robbery alarm when Go’s companion allegedly shot at him.

He said he returned fire. Dumpit said he shot Go to “disable” the victim.

In 2011, the National Police Commission (Napolcom) dismissed the administrative charges filed against Dumpit in relation to Go’s shooting.

The late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo said Dumpit was not liable for grave misconduct since the quantum of proof against him has not been established.

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