Suspect in rape-slay of Mabel Cama tests positive for drugs

Rambo Talabong

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Suspect in rape-slay of Mabel Cama tests positive for drugs
Police say Randy Oavenada used shabu, and drug paraphernalia were also found at the crime scene

MANILA, Philippines – Randy Oavenada, the suspect in the rape-slay of 22-year-old bank employee Mabel Cama, has tested positive for drugs, the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Monday, November 20.

“Oavenada also tested positive for the use of shabu in his drug test examinations,” Metro Manila police chief Director Oscar Albayalde told reporters.

Oavenada had been captured on Sunday, November 19, after his fingerprints matched those found at the crime scene. Cama was raped, killed, then burned in a Pasig City garage last November 12.

In addition, the Pasig City police found 5 tin foils at the crime scene, two of which were found to contain illegal drugs.

“We have found 5 pieces of aluminum foils and two of those aluminum foils [were] positive for meth which must have been used in sniffing shabu,” Eastern Police District (EPD) Crime Laboratory officer Superintendent Isidro Cariño said.

Given the shabu paraphernalia, Cariño said there may be other suspects who are “possibly” drug users as well.

According to Albayalde, Oavenada has been giving conflicting statements on his alleged companions at the time of the crime.

The Metro Manila top cop said Oavenada gave them two new names just on Monday. He said they will reach out to the two for questioning at the soonest possible time. –

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.