Military honors conferred upon former soldier killed by police

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 25) — A former soldier killed by a policeman at a quarantine checkpoint was given full military honors by the Army on Saturday.

The remains of retired Corporal Winston Ragos were brought from Quezon City to the Libingan ng Mga Bayani in Taguig City.

A statement from the Army said it coordinated with Ragos's mother to extend honors to the soldier and proceed with funeral and burial arrangements at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

"Burial ceremony is set tomorrow, April 26 at 12 noon," the statement read.

Ragos's daughter was also brought by the Army so she could be present at the wake.

“We condole with the family of the late Cpl Ragos. He has suffered enough from the challenges of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) caused by the invisible wounds of war. Our priority right now is to take care of his family ensuring they have all the resources they need during this critical time. The Philippine Army honors Ragos for his service and sacrifice that defines us as an Army.” said Army chief, Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay.

The Army shouldered the funeral costs, while donors extended financial assistance to the family to cover hospital bills and other expenses.

Police Master Sergeant Daniel Florendo Jr. shot Ragos on Wednesday for allegedly attempting to pull a gun on the cops at checkpoint in Quezon City.

Merlyn, the victim’s mother, said her son retired early due to PTSD after his duty during the Marawi City siege.

The Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines are conducting separate investigations on the shooting. The Quezon City Police Department filed a homicide complaint with the Quezon City Prosecutor's Office for online inquest proceedings.

The National Bureau of Investigation said it is looking into the incident.