In a text message on Thursday, Quezon City Police District Brigadier General Ronnie Montejo confirmed that a homicide complaint has been filed against Master Sergeant Daniel Florendo Jr who shot and killed 34-year old retired veteran Winston Ragos.
Ragos was shot on April 21, Tuesday, after he got into a heated standoff with Florendo at a checkpoint in Barangay Pasong Putik.
The suspect asked Ragos to go home because the latter was violating ECQ guidelines.
The CCTV footage shows Ragos turning his back on Florendo as he raised both his hands. There were other cops present but not one of them cuffed Ragos. Ragos was then shot twice after he reached into his sling bag, dying before nurses at the Commonwealth Hospital could do anything to save him.
It was said that Ragos was carrying a handgun inside his bag. However, witnesses and family members say that he only had a water bottle and his quarantine pass.
Now, reports say that Ragos was in fact carrying a .38 revolver, which is unusual for a former soldier to be toting.
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Many criticized the handling of the situation and attributed the shooting to President Rodrigo Duterte’s past comments telling police to ‘shoot dead’ violent ECQ violators.
But there are still a good number of people who buy into the propaganda against Ragos.
If a cop dies stopping a potential threat then he's a hero. If a cop kills a potential threat they're a murderer.
— Harou (@Harou42398525) April 22, 2020
Hindi kasalanan ng Pulis yung pagkamatay ni Winston Ragos. It’s a police SOP. Nag attempt bumunot si Ragos. Multiple warning binigay na lumuhod-dumapa-kamay sa likod, pero hindi niya ginawa ito. Paano kung nabaril yun Pulis? Ano kaya sasabihin ng social media?
— Mikko Magbag (@mikkomagbag) April 23, 2020
Kung mapapanood niyo yung isang video di niyo masisisi yung pulis. Pinapadapa siya. And alam ng mga pulis na retired afp and skilled siya kaya di siya basta basta. Kaya nung nakita nilang umamba ng bunot sino ba hindi ma pprovoke don? Srsly wag niyo sisihin yung pulis.
— kapengMatapangYungKayangIpaglaban (@dxtrfld_) April 22, 2020
Yes Captain Winston Ragos is at fault na he made an action that looks like he's reaching for a gun
Sayang yung two minutes before it, ang tagal, they could subdued him, pwede gamitan ng taser gun, bakit pala walang taser ang PNP. Dapat meron na, otherwise this will happen again
— Michael Buen (@iEnableMuch) April 23, 2020
When i first saw the video that was broadcast by the news media and the way winston ragos was quickly trying to get something from his bag, my initial reaction was that it looked like he WAS reaching for a gun. And i couldn't fault the police officer for shooting him.
— john davis (@johndav92768299) April 23, 2020
nakabasa din ng may utak na comment, bobo ng ibang tao sinisisi yung pulis, kitang kita sa isang vid na may hinuhugot yung lalaki sa bag nya fucking stupid ng mga iba
— Yuji (@yujirokido) April 22, 2020