A Few Good Men

Ask any Cebuano and men­tion his name, you’d most like­ly hear “super cop” among the adjec­tives. His name is Ado­nis Dumpit.

Ado­nis Dumpit. Pho­to tak­en from the web.

I first met him years ago in a shoot­ing range. He taught me how to shoot. I heard about him but didn’t real­ize who he was then. Some­time after that, I saw more of him in the papers. There was a time Cebu was snatch­er-free, and crim­i­nals moved to oth­er places in fear of one man—Dumpit. I remem­ber feel­ing so proud that I met him years ago—I was taught by the great Dumpit! By this time, he was known as the fear­less cop who was relent­less against his pur­suit of crim­i­nals and anti-drug cru­sades. I was a fan! Every­one was a fan! The last time I saw him I was work­ing for a news­pa­per. He was friend­ly, soft-spo­ken, no airs at all. I remem­ber telling him I nev­er got a self­ie with him. He would laugh and say he’s embar­rassed, that we see him all the time any­way. He remained hum­ble, even dur­ing the height of his pop­u­lar­i­ty. I wish I insist­ed on the self­ie. The self­ie I got was with him in the cof­fin.

Last week, he was gunned down dur­ing an oper­a­tion against him. He was alleged­ly a drug lord/protector. If he is one, then I’m the Dalai Lama. Alleged­ly. Inno­cent until proven guilty. What hap­pened to him was lam­en­ta­ble. I sin­cere­ly hope there was no mis­car­riage of jus­tice, or may our Lord have mer­cy on us all, on His role as the final arbiter.

I’m repost­ing this  entry from Face­book. It was authored by Christo­pher Ruiz, a good friend of the great guy. I asked per­mis­sion from the author for this to be print­ed here. Rest in peace, Sir. Cebuanos will nev­er for­get.

ADONIS DUMPIT: CLASSMATE, COMRADE, FRIEND AND VICTIM OF CIRCUMSTANCE

THREE DECADES AGO, I first met ADONIS DUMPIT who, like me, took up Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Crim­i­nol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of the Visayas. Although I grad­u­at­ed ahead of him, we sat togeth­er in some class­es. He was also with me in the ranger com­pa­ny dur­ing our ROTC days where I was an offi­cer and lat­er became their com­pa­ny com­man­der. He was again with me when I became Chief of Police in our Police Intern sub­ject.

At that time, ADONIS DUMPIT had already exhib­it­ed an exem­plary courage and work behav­ior; he dis­played his phys­i­cal prowess and his abil­i­ty to walk an extra mile, work­ing beyond the call of duty.

After grad­u­a­tion, I joined the now defunct Inte­grat­ed Nation­al Police. This sim­ple cir­cum­stance brought us to dif­fer­ent career paths. Even as ADONIS DUMPIT joined the PNP, he was ini­tial­ly assigned away from the Cebu City area where I was assigned, although with­in Region 7.

News about his exem­plary per­for­mance in the places where he was assigned reach­es me; I nev­er how­ev­er had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to wit­ness it per­son­al­ly.

Years passed and ADONIS DUMPIT was final­ly trans­ferred to Cebu City Police Office as mem­ber of the Spe­cial Weapon and Tac­tics (SWAT) of the Mobile Patrol Group of the City Police Office. It was in this unit that we were reunit­ed, hav­ing been assigned there as the Group Inves­ti­ga­tor.

While togeth­er, I per­son­al­ly wit­nessed, how Dumpit ded­i­cat­ed his life to the police ser­vice. He sac­ri­ficed almost everything—including his family—just to effec­tive­ly serve the pub­lic.

Sev­er­al years lat­er, I was reas­signed to anoth­er sta­tion in the City while Dumpit remained with SWAT, hon­ing his skills with the same pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion that friends know him for. He trained the hard­est and worked the longest and he was nev­er afraid of crim­i­nal ele­ments. When he or his unit was called to action, it was a sure thing for crim­i­nal offend­ers to either be cap­tured or neu­tral­ized.

Rest in peace, Super Cop.

At a peri­od when crim­i­nals abound in the city and pedes­tri­ans did not at all feel safe, Dumpit’s work atti­tude was a bless­ing for the com­mon tax pay­ers. His no-non­sense method of going after crim­i­nals was a breath of fresh air and earned him the admi­ra­tion of the pub­lic and the local gov­ern­ment. He was con­se­quent­ly brand­ed a SUPERCOP of Cebu City by both the pub­lic and the local news media. He was the epit­o­me of what a cop must be.

At the height of his career, crimes in the city dropped in a remark­able fash­ion as crim­i­nals obvi­ous­ly avoid­ed com­mit­ting a felony with­in the area of juris­dic­tion of the SUPERCOP.

The most that ADONIS DUMPIT was not, how­ev­er, was a super human. He was not infal­li­ble. In his eager­ness to per­form his duty he obvi­ous­ly com­mit­ted mis­takes being sim­ply human. These mis­takes were clear­ly what brought him to jail; first, at Cebu City’s BBRC and then the Abuyog Penal Colony in Leyte.

It was a sud­den and unimag­in­able turn of events. The SUPERCOP who cap­tured and neu­tral­ized crim­i­nals was sud­den­ly plunged into the ranks of the lat­ter. One can­not even begin to fath­om what he must have felt as being some­one who arrest­ed the pris­on­ers becom­ing a pris­on­er him­self and incar­cer­at­ed along with his detainees.

Yet, again, ADONIS DUMPIT, dis­play­ing the same courage and intel­lect from being an active and ded­i­cat­ed crime buster to a plain pris­on­er, despite its dis­turb­ing effect on his per­son, man­aged to sur­vive inside the jail and even min­gled with peo­ple whom he had arrest­ed as well as those who con­sid­ered him as an ene­my as if he was one of them.

On the legal front, like­wise, and although he was con­vict­ed by the court try­ing his case, Dumpit appealed his con­vic­tion to the Court of Appeals. Hav­ing been impris­oned for suf­fi­cient num­ber years, he applied to be allowed bail that the appel­late court grant­ed. He was thus giv­en tem­po­rary lib­er­ty while his case was under­go­ing review.

There hav­ing been no legal imped­i­ment to his rein­state­ment as he was exon­er­at­ed in his admin­is­tra­tive case, ADONIS DUMPIT was rein­stat­ed to the active police ser­vice and once more wore the PNP uni­form and ordered to resume his role as a crime buster. Again, plac­ing him in a unique sit­u­a­tion that required him to go after crim­i­nals some of whom have been his com­rades in jail.

Days, months, and years passed by and it was obvi­ous that ADONIS DUMPIT was no longer the same super cop that he was before his incar­cer­a­tion. Right away after regain­ing lib­er­ty, he was once again ordered to do active police works until he was reas­signed to the Province of Bohol where he was killed alleged­ly due to his involve­ment in the ille­gal drugs trade.

With­out get­ting into the events that brought about his death, it is very painful to see a com­rade who hap­pened to be a hero and who ded­i­cat­ed his life to make our com­mu­ni­ty safe and peace­ful, fell in one swoop in the hands of his fel­low law enforce­ment offi­cers.

Lest I for­get, one of the lead­er­ship prin­ci­ples instilled in me dur­ing my ROTC days is “know your men and look after their wel­fare.”

ADONIS DUMPIT’s life sto­ry in the police ser­vice was col­ored by unique and unusu­al events. He was an active police offi­cer going after the crim­i­nals for sev­er­al years until one day, he became a pris­on­er him­self. That sit­u­a­tion alone should have eas­i­ly bro­ken some­one with an infe­ri­or char­ac­ter and per­son­al­i­ty. But our super cop stood firm, faced the chal­lenge head-on and per­se­vered.

Anoth­er sit­u­a­tion was his sud­den release from prison and rein­state­ment to the nation­al police force which effec­tive­ly ordered him to go, once more, against crim­i­nals, both of which con­tra­dict each oth­er.

Being the good sol­dier that he was, ADONIS DUMPIT com­plied with the same with­out pos­ing to ques­tion whether the sit­u­a­tion con­fronting him was healthy for him or not. Nei­ther did the PNP hier­ar­chy nor the local offi­cials who imme­di­ate­ly cod­dled him see these con­flict­ing and mind-bog­gling sit­u­a­tions that ADONIS DUMPIT was faced with.

Irrefragably and upon incar­cer­a­tion, ADONIS DUMPIT was forced to asso­ciate with his cap­tors and fel­low inmates. Giv­en his sit­u­a­tion, the like­li­hood for him to cir­cu­late among crim­i­nals and sym­pa­thize with their plight was high.

Akin to kid­nap vic­tims’ expo­sure to Stock­holm syn­drome, ADONIS DUMPIT, after his release, need have been tak­en into cus­tody first for debrief­ing and coun­sel­ing ses­sions, as he may have devel­oped an atti­tude caus­ing him to be more sym­pa­thet­ic with crim­i­nals.

Notwith­stand­ing the pro­fes­sion­al avail­abil­i­ty of the gov­ern­ment, as it has ade­quate num­ber of med­ical experts, psy­chol­o­gists, coun­selors, and many more, the above cir­cum­stance either failed to occur in the mind of the organization’s hier­ar­chy, includ­ing the one who eager­ly remove him from jail or was just plain­ly ignored in the absence of any prece­dent. Along this point, all failed to apply the lead­er­ship prin­ci­ple of know­ing their men and look­ing after their wel­fare.

This fact was obvi­ous­ly exhib­it­ed in the case of the late ADONIS DUMPIT who, after hav­ing been released from jail, was indif­fer­ent­ly and imme­di­ate­ly thrust back into going after his for­mer fel­low inmates or crim­i­nals who had con­tact with them.

For those who want­ed to be there, but couldn’t.

ADONIS DUMPIT’s death should serve as a les­son to all of us: paint­ing him as an evil and depriv­ing him of his dig­ni­ty as a police offi­cer who once effec­tive­ly erad­i­cat­ed crimes in a hero­ic man­ner will give us noth­ing. It will, instead, only demor­al­ize those who have his atti­tude and the zest to go after crim­i­nals despite the risks to their own lives.

The rumored implied order pre­vent­ing for­mer com­rades in arms from pay­ing their last respects to the deceased should fur­ther prove sil­ly and irra­tional, as it only tends to divide rather than unite those of us who were or are present­ly in the ser­vice of the nation.

LET US GIVE ADONIS DUMPIT THE HONOR AND DIGNITY THAT HE DESERVES.

REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND, CLASSMATE AND COMRADE. YOU HAVE SUFFERED MUCH IN LIFE; A VICTIM OF FATE. MAY YOU NOW REST ETERNALLY IN THE EMBRACE OF THE LORD.

ATTY CHRISTOPHER S RUIZ
PSINSP (RET) PNP
Team Leader, Cebu Duterte
Cam­paign Legal Team
Grand Supre­mo,
Pilip­inas Guardians Inter­na­cionale Inc., (PGII)

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