The Phlippine National Police (PNP) Crime Laboratory has released Superintendent Lito Cabamongan’s confirmatory tests results, which came out positive for drug use.
According to PNP Crime Lab Director Aurelio Trampe Jr., confirmatory tests of Cabamongan and a lady companion caught having a pot session in Las Pinas had positive result for shabu use but negative for marijuana.
"Screening and confirmatory tests conducted in the above stated specimens yield positive results for the presence of Methamphetamine and negative for THC-Metabolytes or Marijuana," Trampe said.
Trampe said this result confirms their initial assessment on Cabamongan’s neuro-psychiatric evaluation pointing to "psychosis secondary to drug abuse."
The PNP Crime Lab is now awaiting a full assessment.
"Sa neuro, medyo nag-alangan sila dahil wala pang positive result dito sa drug test. Now it confirms yung findings nila na probable kase sinabi nila yung recent use of Methamphetamine. It confirmed yung kanilang findings na because of substance abuse, merong psychosis or behavioral disorder," Trampe said.
The PNP Crime Lab said that while Cabamongan has tested negative for drug use in the past, PNP Crime Lab Chemistry Division Chief Supt. Victor Drapete said it is possible Cabamongan may have had luck with the timing.
"Sa drug testing niya, hindi namin siguro siya nata-timing-an siya ay gumamit ng since noong nasa field pa siya. Pinupuntahan pa namin para mag-conduct ng inventory on site at mag-drug test sa kanilang mga tao including Supt. Cabamongan. But with regard to the result during that time, wala sa kanyang na-detect na findings which turned out to be negative. May mga LOI naman tayong kino-conduct on our personnel sa Crime Lab so nag-nenegative naman. Hindi lang siguro nata-timing-an noong gumamit ang isang tao," Drapete said.
Drapete said shabu stays in the body for 5 to 7 days.
"Shabu kase detectable lang yan within a number of days. Beyond that hindi na namin masabi kung gumamit ang tao. Depende sa metabolismo ng tao. 5 to 7 days detected pa," Drapete explained.
Drapete said it was highly improbable for Cabamongan to cheat during his past specimen drug tests.
"Maingat naman kami dito sa pag-conduct ng drug testing. Binabantayan namin lahat ng aming personnel. Even our director kapag mag-undergo, we have to escort the person na hindi madi-dilute, hindi ma-adulterate ang urine. No, no na magkakaroon siya ng question sa adulteration," Drapete said.
The PNP Crime Laboratory will now submit the results of the confirmatory drug test to the PNP-Internal Affairs Service for administrative and dismissal procedures of Cabamongan.
Meanwhile, Trampe reported that 215 out of 167,000 police personnel under the Duterte administration have tested positive for shabu use.