MANILA (UPDATE) - A former soldier who was shot dead by a policeman in Quezon City during the coronavirus quarantine period was buried Sunday at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani (Heroes Cemetery) in Taguig City, the Philippine Army's spokesman said.
According to Col. Ramon Zagala, Cpl. Winston Ragos was "given military honors fitting for a former soldier who served his country."
Aside from Ragos' loved ones, some personnel of the Philippine Army, led by Col. Potenciano Camba, the organization's chief for personnel, also attended the burial rites, said Zagala.
Ragos, 34, was killed Tuesday by Police Master Sgt. Daniel Florendo Jr. near a quarantine checkpoint in Barangay Pasong Putik after an altercation with police trainees.
A video clip that circulated on social media showed Florendo with his firearm pointed at Ragos, ordering the latter to drop to the ground several times. Several witnesses were heard on the background telling the cops not to shoot the man who was seen unarmed.
Police said a caliber .38 gun was found in Ragos' bag but a witness said the ex-soldier, who was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), was unarmed during the incident.
Florendo has been placed under the custody of the Quezon City police, Philippine National Police chief Dir. Archie Gamboa earlier said.
The National Police Commission (Napolcom) has launched an investigation while the Philippine Army sought the help of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look into the fatal shooting.
"Sana magkaroon ng impartial investigation…hihintayin natin ang resulta sa dapat gawin,” Zagala said.
(We hope for an impartial investigation. We will wait for the result.)
--With a report from Angel Movido, ABS-CBN News