Ask any Cebuano and mention his name, you’d most likely hear “super cop” among the adjectives. His name is Adonis Dumpit.
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.
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 super cop 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 super cop.
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.
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
Pilipinas Guardians Internacionale Inc., (PGII)