MANILA - Superintendent Lito Cabamongan, a senior police officer arrested in a drug session last week, has no reason to fear for his life inside his detention cell at the Las Piñas police station, Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa said Monday.
Cabamongan on Friday claimed his informants had warned him that he could share the fate of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., who was slain by cops during a purported raid of his jail cell.
Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa, PNP chief, however, said: "Huwag siyang mag-alala, 'di kami magka-interes sa kanya."
(He should not worry. We have no interest in him.)
Dela Rosa said he has also warned Cabamongan's fellow detainees not to hurt him.
"Baka mamaya, ang magka-interes sa kanyang ay iyung mga kasama niya sa kulungan na pinagsisipa niya. Mamaya, maubusan ng pasensya ang mga tao doon," he said.
"Before ako umalis doon sinabihan ko ang mga detainee doon na huwag niyong sasaktan iyan dahil mananagot kayo pag may mangyari d'yan."
(The detainees he kicked may grow interested in hurting him. The people there may lose patience with him. Before I left the police station last Friday, I warned the detainees not to hurt him because they will be held responsible if something happens to him.)
A former head of the Alabang satellite office of the PNP’s Southern Police District Crime Laboratory, Cabamongan was arrested with a female companion during a shabu session in a shanty in Barangay Talon 4, Las Piñas.
He tagged an officer of the PNP Crime Laboratory as his alleged drug supplier.
Dela Rosa said he has ordered an inventory of the seized narcotics kept as evidence by the Crime Laboratory.