A changed man. That’s how Superintendent Lito Cabamongan appeared to be when he went to the PNP Crime Laboratory in Camp Crame on Thursday.
Sober, calm and soft-spoken, Cabamongan came in complete uniform with his wife and children to speak with Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory Director Chief Superintendent Aurelio Trampe, Jr.
His demeanor was contrary to his image after he was caught caught in a drug session in Las Piñas last March 30.
Trampe said Cabamongan requested to go back to the Crime Lab, now that he is temporarily out on bail.
“He’s requesting to go back sa Crime Lab. Sabi ko, ayusin muna ang kanyang criminal and administrative cases bago namin siya tulungan. Marami siyang anak na kailangan pa ng suporta at supported siya ng pamilya niya,” Trampe said.
To this day, Cabamongan still denies taking illegal drugs. He insisted that results were tampered to make him appear guilty.
Trampe denied Cabamongan's allegation.
“Hindi naman ako naniniwala doon. Wala namang order coming from me na gawing positive ang result ng drug test. We will abide by the result, wala namang order to make it positive come what may.”
Trampe also said that Cabamongan plans to elevate his complaint to the court.
“I don’t know kung mapo-prove. It’s for the appreciation of the court and IAS kung totoo ang sinasabi niya. Kokontrahin niya ang findings. Sabi ko, I cannot do anything with those findings for you to negate o kontrahin niya iyung findings ng Crime Lab, but we have a presumption of regularity sa conduct namin ng drug test,” Trampe said.
Cabamongan insisted that he was angry during the time of his arrest and was caught in a bad mood.
"Noong panahon daw na ini-interview siya, galit daw siya kumbaga masama ang loob niya sa pagkahuli sa kanya," Trampe said.
But the Crime Lab chief said Cabamongan has a slim chance of returning because he failed his neuro-psychiatric evaluation.
Trampe suggested Cabamongan to take optional retirement after he settles administrative and criminal cases filed against him.
Cabamongan was also advised to seek psychiatric help and medication.