Palace on death of former soldier in QC: ‘Wala pong relasyon ito sa kahit anong sinabi ng Presidente’

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“Wala pong relasyon ito sa kahit anong sinabi ng Presidente; at hindi po sinabi ng pulis na siya po ay pinatutupad ang isang order ng Presidente. So huwag po nating bigyan ng interpretasyon ang bagay na ito na wala naman pong basehan at all. If at all, it’s a speculation, it’s a conjecture, it is not factual,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said April 23 during a press briefing regarding the death of former soldier Winston Aquino Ragos after being shot by cop manning a quarantine control point in Quezon City.

“Unang-una po nakikiramay po kami doon sa retiradong militar na nasawi po dito sa insidenteng ito. Siyempre po malungkot dahil ang nasawi ay nagsilbi rin sa ating bayan. At nangangako po naman ang gobyerno, ang Presidente, na magkakaroon ng patas na imbestigasyon dito dahil ang iimbestigahan ay isa ring taong gobyerno, isang pulis at ang biktima ay isa ring sundalo. Makakaasa po kayo sa patas at mabilis na imbestigasyon,” Secretary Roque said.

According to National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), “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.”

“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.

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.”