Tommy Osmeña’s ex-aide shot dead in anti-drugs operation

Rambo Talabong
Adonis Dumpit is killed by National Bureau of Investigation agents in an 'drug interdiction' operation in Tagbilaran City, Bohol

FAVORED COP. Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña bailed out SPO1 Adonis Dumpit before turning him into a security aide. Photo from Cebu City PIO

MANILA, Philippines – Senior Police Officer 1 Adonis Dumpit, the cop convicted of homicide whom Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña bailed out before turning him into his security aide, has been shot dead in an anti-illegal drugs operation in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, on Wednesday, June 27.

Bohol Provincial Police chief Senior Superintendent Angeles Geñorga told Rappler that Dumpit was killed during a roadside shootout with National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) operatives as they implemented a “drug interdiction” operation.

NBI operatives, Geñorga said, recovered 15 sachets of suspected methamphetamine or shabu from Dumpit. 

Dumpit, however, is not included in their local watch list, Geñorga told Rappler. Without expounding, Geñorga said the NBI acted on “derogatory information.”

In 2014, Dumpit was convicted of homicide over the killing of a robbery suspect in 2004. He spent 6 years in jail before being hired as a close-in security aide of Osmeña. He had been accused of executing several killings during previous terms of Osmeña.

Before he was gunned down, Dumpit was assigned with the base police of the Bohol Police Provincial Office in Tagbilaran City.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday afternoon, Osmeña said: “There are conflicting stories. The police said that it was a buy-bust and Adonis shot first. The NBI said it was not a buy-bust. Until the facts become clearer, I will withhold from making any statement other than I am sad to hear about what happened. Adonis was assigned to Bohol to quietly live out the rest of his duty; he was due to retire in a year.” – Rappler.com

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.