The Commanding General, Philippine Army has sought the assistance of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct an impartial investigation on the case of Cpl. Winston A. Ragos, a former soldier suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), who was shot dead by a policeman on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at Barangay Pasong Putik, Quezon City.
In a letter addressed to NBI Director Atty Eric B Distor CPA, Lt. Gen. Gilbert I. Gapay requested for the conduct of an impartial investigation in view of the apparent conflicting claims of police operatives involved, witness accounts, and materials available from open sources, to include footages of the incident. Apparent prejudgement by Police investigators moved the Army to seek help from the NBI so that justice may be served for Ragos and his family.
The incident, has also raised awareness and concern on the plight of soldiers suffering from mental health disorders incurred during their military service. The CGPA ordered the Army staff to review existing policies and programs dealing with combat stress, trauma risk management and other health concerns related to mental health.
Assistance to the the late Ragos and his family is now being facilitated to ease the burden of their loss.
Gapay also reiterated that the Army puts premium on the wellbeing of its personnel, active or retired, specially those who have left the service with “scars of war” and those who suffered mental challenges in the line of duty like of Ragos.
“What happened to Cpl. Ragos was an unfortunate, but avoidable event. Let his death serve as an awakening on the plight of other soldiers who are being plagued by the traumas of war.”
The Army assures the family of Ragos that it will extend to them the assistance they need,” said Gapay.
He also ordered to look for the other retired soldiers out there suffering from the same conditions as Ragos, for the provision of appropriate assistance.
“The Philippine Army prioritizes taking care of our troops and sustaining the wellbeing of our soldiers and their families,” added Gapay. PHILIPPINE ARMY