Cop caught using shabu has 'psychosis' - PNP Crime Lab

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 03 2017 05:56 PM

A police officer who was caught in a shabu session and who tested positive for drug use has a psychiatric problem, according to initial findings of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Laboratory.

PNP Crime Laboratory Director Aurelio Trampe, Jr. said the initial result of Superintendent Lito Cabamongan's neuro-psychiatric evaluation shows the cop has "psychosis secondary to substance abuse." 

"Initial result, ‘psychosis secondary to substance abuse’ although today ilalabas nila ang complete assessment," Trampe said. 

Cabamongan was previously charged with numerous derogatory cases by his colleagues at the PNP Crime Lab but none prospered. 

One of those cases involved the "sexual harassment of a subordinate officer."

"Sexual harassment sa subordinate officer niya sa Crime Lab pero I think natakot yung lady officer. Subordinate lady officer niya nagreklamo pero I was told, nag-backout," Trampe said. 

Cabamongan was also charged with "conduct unbecoming" of a police officer. 

“Nagdala ng baril. Bago nanghingi ng libreng panood ng sine, ayaw magbayad sa sinehan. He was reported for that. Kung minsan daw, nagsasayaw ng hubad sa public,” Trampe added. 

Trampe said he asked his intelligence officer, Police Chief Inspector Joselito Savares, to investigate the derogatory information related to Cabamongan. This is probably why Cabamongan dragged Savares as his alleged drug supplier. 

"Si Chief Inspector Savares ang nag-confirm ng derogatory information sa kanya. Siguro gusto niyang balikan si Savares dahil siya ang intelligence officer na at my order, inutusan ko na i-confirm yung mga information,” Trampe said. 

The PNP-Internal Affairs Service (IAS) said it has received Cabamongan’s derogatory reports, but no one has come forward to file a complaint. 

"I have read some reports of misconduct relative to Superintendent Cabamongan, but these reports have never been formalized to statements or affidavits so we have not acted upon them. As of this time, we are conducting a background investigation on Supt. Cabamongan," PNP-IAS Deputy Inspector General Angelo Leuterio said.

Meanwhile, PNP Chief Ronald Dela Rosa said it is possible Cabamongan's life is under threat following reports that the police officer is hurting other people inside prison.

Cabamongan already said to the media that he feared for his life and was afraid that he may be killed inside jail, similar to the fate of the late Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa. 

Dela Rosa said: "Ang magkakainteres sa kanya, yung mga kasama nya sa kulungan na pinagsisipa nya. Mamaya maubusan ng pasensya yung mga tao doon kaya sinabihan ko before ako umalis doon sinabihan ko mga detainee: 'Huwag nyong saktan yan dahil mananagot kayo kapag may mangyari dyan, kasi pinagsisipa nya hindi ba.'"

"Huwag syang mag alala. Hindi kami magkainteres sa kanila. Ang sa amin is tanggalin sya sa serbisyo. Yun lang ang aming intention para matapos na. Isipin mo, nahuli ka nag-pot session, colonel ka.” 

PILFERAGE IN CRIME LAB?

The PNP chief has also ordered the investigation of possible pilferage of evidence in the PNP Crime Lab. 

“I am directing the director of the PNP-Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (PNP-DIDM) to conduct inventory doon sa lahat ng ebidensya nasa custody ng Crime Lab. Icheck nyo sir at baka mamaya puro tawas nakadeposit doon ha,” Dela Rosa said. 

The PNP-Internal Affairs Service is also looking on how the PNP Crime Lab processes evidence to ensure there is no pilferage. 

"As part ng oversight ng IAS, we will partner with the Crime Lab to look into these things. Baka may procedures na dapat improve or procedures that shoud be put in place so we can prevent any kind of pilferage of this vital evidence to happen," Leuterio said.

"Delikado yon kung yung head mo ng office which has very high influence doon sa operations ng office niya eh siya mismo ang involved sa illegal drugs, either by usage or abuse. Tapos may access siya sa stocks ng illegal drugs. Eh pwede nga niyang magamit o pilfer, I think there should be an examination or an audit into the entire process on how they keep and how people access this kind of evidence." 

The PNP Crime Lab is investigating if Cabamongan stole drugs stored as evidence when he was still the chief of the PNP Crime Lab Alabang Satellite Office. 

"Posible siguro, we are conducting sa unit niya lang dahil under nya yon, satellite office. Although generally, we conduct inventory ng mga drug evidence. Mahigpit naman ang ating evidence custodian na dapat accounted ang lahat ng drugs," Trampe said. 

Leuterio said once a confirmation of his drug test is out, Cabamongan will undergo summary dismissal hearing. "Kapag nag-positive ang confirmatory test niya, he will be dismissed from the service after an IAS investigation or IAS process. Grave misconduct yan, no other punishment but dismissal.” 

Cabamongan already tested positive in an initial drug test done at Camp Crame last week.