NBI looking at possibility that Ragos was unarmed

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The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is looking at the possibility that former Army Corporal Winston Ragos was not carrying a firearm on the day he was shot by Police M/Sgt. Danny Florendo Jr. near a COVID-19 quarantine control point in Quezon City.

“There are already persons who testified that he was unarmed. I think that is the direction of our investigation,” NBI spokesperson Ferdinand Lavin said on May 20 as quoted by Inquirer.net.

“This is a developing investigation. What is good here is that there are those who cooperated. When the NBI conducted a crime scene investigation, they went to the area and then checked on the persons who could testify and there were those who gave their statements,” he added.

Philippine Army commanding general Lieutenant General Gilbert I. Gapay requested the NBI to conduct an impartial investigation in view of apparent conflicting claims of police operatives involved, witness accounts, and materials available from open sources, to include footage of the incident. 

Ragos was given complete disability discharge in 2017 from military service after developing Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).