MANILA - A friend of Corporal Winston Ragos who witnessed the shooting incident maintained that the ex-army officer was unarmed when he was shot by policemen in Quezon City on Tuesday.
"Ella", not her real name for security reasons, said Ragos only had a bag and not a gun at that time.
This is contrary to the official police account that says Ragos was armed with a caliber 38 gun.
In a statement issued yesterday, QC Police said Ragos threatened and shouted at the policemen, and even refused to go back home.
The witness told ABS-CBN News several people nearby already pleaded to the policeman not to shoot Ragos.
"Ang nasaksihan ko, nakatutok na 'yung baril (nung pulis) sa tao. Sinabihan namin na wag na iputok ang baril," the witness said.
The witness said this negotiation lasted for a few minutes until Ragos was shot by Police Master Sergeant Daniel Florendo Junior, a cop assigned at QCPD Station 5.
"COVID-19 ang kalaban dito, hindi tao. Bakit siya pinaputukan eh wala naman dalang baril 'yan?" said the witness.
Ragos' sister Janet Macahilig said she was shocked to learn about the incident.
"Nung makita ko 'yung CCTV, para akong binuhusan ng malamig na tubig. Nanlambot ako. Wala naman ako nakitang masamang ginawa ng kapatid ko. Kung may mali man siya, sana di ganun sinapit niya. Kung pinaputukan, sana sa paa na lang." she said.
The family confirmed that Ragos has PTSD after being assigned in Marawi.
The grieving family said it is harder to cope with the loss because they cannot even hold a wake for Ragos because of the lockdown.
"Sobrang sakit. Masaklap kasi ganun na nga nangyari sa kanya, 'di pa namin mabigyan ng maayos na paalam."
Macahilig said Ragos was on vacation in Manila and was planning to go back to Albay when the enhanced community quarantine shut down all public transportation.
Meanwhile, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit and the District Internal Affairs Service of the Quezon City Police are already investigating the incident.
Criminal and administrative cases will be filed against Florendo.