Caught in the act: Police officer arrested for using illegal drugs

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30) - A police superintendent was caught red-handed using illegal drugs in a house in Las Piñas City.

Superintendent Lito Cabamongan was caught with another person identified as Nedy Sabdao during a drug session at Everlasting Homes in Las Piñas City early Thursday morning, said the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Authorities confiscated three pieces of rolled aluminum foil, two pieces of disposable lighters, and three empty sachets with residue of suspected methamphetamine or shabu.

Cabamongan insisted the incident was a set-up, saying he was there to gather pieces of evidence against another police officer who is selling recovered drug evidence.

"Kasi nga kukuha ako ng ebidensya. Para mapatunayan ko na ang intelligence officer ng crime lab (PCI Joselito Simbahan Sabares) nagbebenta ng shabu," he said.

[Translation: I was supposed to be getting evidence to prove that the intelligence officer of the crime lab is selling meth.]

PNP Chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa said Cabamongan is not authorized to conduct anti-drug operations.

"Meron tayong [We have a] policy in our Double Barrel Reloaded only members of the Drug Enforcement Unit at all levels of command are authorized to conduct anti-drug operations. Siya, hindi naman siya [As for him, he is not part of the] drug enforcement unit," he said.

Sabdao confirmed she and Cabamongan were using illegal drugs before the police arrived. Cabamongan got mad and even threatened to physically hurt Sabdao upon hearing her answers.

Dela Rosa said Cabamongan was obviously high because his speech was incoherent.

The PNP chief ordered the immediate drug testing of Cabamongan. If the tests turn out positive, the police officer may face dismissal from service.

Drug cases will also be filed against the two suspects.

Dela Rosa also ordered the inventory of all drug evidence with the PNP Crime Lab. Cabamongan was former chief of the PNP Crime Laboratory's Alabang Extension Office.