Former soldier with PTSD shot dead by cop manning quarantine control point in QC

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The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) has reported that Winston Aquino Ragos, 33 years old, male, married, retired military personnel was shot along Maligaya Drive corner Sampaguita St., Brgy. Pasong Putik, Quezon City on April 21.

Four police trainees are also facing murder and perjury complaints.

“Investigation disclosed that PMSg Daniel Florendo and four police trainees from the Highway Patrol Group were manning a quarantine control point along Maligaya Drive Brgy. Pasong Putik when the Ragos, approached the Police Trainees and started shouting and uttering intimidating words,” the NCRPO said based on Quezon City Police District (QCPD) chief Police Brigadier General Ronnie Montejo’s report to NCRPO chief Police Major General Debold Sinas.

The NCRPO said “police officers asked him to go home and stay inside his house as he was violating the Enhanced Community Quarantine. However, Ragos ignored the authorities and further identified himself as a former soldier.”

“Later on, authorities learned that he was carrying a caliber 38 revolver loaded with ammunition inside his sling bag, hence, PMSg Florendo drew his firearm and cautiously approached Ragos,” it added.

“Thereafter, PMSg Florendo ordered Ragos to yield peacefully but he refused to do so. Instead of heeding to a lawful order, the former soldier tried to pull a handgun in his carried handbag. Sensing imminent danger and a threat posed to his life, said lawmen ordered him to ease his hand on the weapon but he resisted. Having no option left, police officer fired upon the suspect and subdued the latter,” NCRPO said.

Ragos was rushed to Commonwealth Hospital but was declared dead by the attending physician.

NCRPO said one caliber 38 revolver Smith and Wesson without serial number, loaded with four (4) live ammunition, one wallet with assorted ID’s, Landbank ATM card, BDO ATM card were recovered from Ragos.

NCRPO said “PMSg Florendo voluntarily surrendered himself and his service firearm to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) QCPD for further investigation.”

“A formal fact-finding investigation has been conducted for necessary criminal and administrative charges,” Major General Sinas said. “We can see that the police officer was prompt in making decision especially that lives of people are in danger. We are bound to serve and protect our people, implementing the law for the benefit of everyone. Kakampi nyo po kami.”

According to Philippine Army, Ragos was given complete disability discharge after being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

“In January 2017, Ragos was given a complete disability discharge from his military service, complete with pension and other assistance, after being diagnosed with a mental disorder (PTSD),” the Army said. “To a soldier, the wounds of war are not just physical but also mental and their scars are not always visible.”