MANILA (UPDATE)- A former soldier who was fatally shot by a policeman at a lockdown checkpoint in Quezon City was given military honors at his wake in Taguig City early Saturday.
The remains of retired Philippine Army Cpl. Winston Ragos arrived at the Philippine Army Mortuary at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani (Cemetery of Heroes) days after he was shot by Police Master Sgt. Daniel Florendo Jr. near a quarantine checkpoint in Barangay Pasong Putik.
Authorities said he will be laid to rest at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Sunday, April 26, at 11 a.m.
Police had said that Ragos had a feud with police trainees at the quarantine checkpoint. The trainees who encountered Ragos then reported the incident to Florendo.
A video clip that circulated on social media showed Florendo with his firearm pointed at the Ragos, ordering the latter to drop down on the ground several times. Several witnesses were heard on the background telling the cops not to shoot the man who was seen unarmed.
Florendo, however, proceeded to shoot Ragos after the latter looked like he was going to get something from his slingbag, which police later said contained a caliber .38 gun.
A witness, however, said the ex-soldier, who was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), was unarmed during the incident.
Two investigators have been dispatched by the National Police Commission (Napolcom) to probe the killing. The Philippine Army has also sought the help of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look into the fatal shooting.
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