PH Army orders probe on death of ex-soldier shot by cop in QC

Robie de Guzman   •   April 23, 2020   •   737

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Army on Thursday said it has ordered an investigation into the death of a retired soldier after he was shot by a police officer during an altercation at a checkpoint in Quezon City.

In a statement, the Philippine Army said the probe into the killing of former soldier, Private First Class Winston Ragos, would be conducted by the Army Judge Advocate in coordination with the Philippine National Police (PNP).

The Army said that Ragos retired from the military service in 2017 after he was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

“In January 2017, Ragos was given a complete disability discharge from his military service, separation package and other assistance, after being diagnosed with a mental disorder (PTSD),” Army Commanding General Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay said.

“To a soldier, the wounds of war are not just physical but also mental and their scars are not always visible,” he added.

Army Spokesperson Colonel Ramon Zagala, however, clarified that Ragos was not deployed in Marawi, contrary to earlier reports.

“He was not in Marawi. Although he served in combat in Camarines Norte in 2010,” he said in a message to reporters.

Ragos was killed after he was shot by a police officer identified as Police Master Sergeant Daniel Florendo during a confrontation in a quarantine control point in Quezon City on Wednesday.

Report from the Quezon City Police District said that Florendo and four other police trainees were manning the checkpoint along Maligaya Drive in Barangay Pasong Putik when they were confronted by Ragos.

A closed circuit television (CCTV) footage showed Ragos arguing with the police while Florendo pointed a gun at him.

A video of the incident that went viral on social media showed Ragos being persuaded by other police officers to surrender to authorities with Florendo standing a few feet away.

Ragos, however, did not heed their call, and instead faced the police officer and acted as if he was pulling something from his sling bag.

The QCPD said Ragos’ action have prompted Florendo to shoot him twice.

The man swayed for a moment until he dropped to the ground. He was then rushed to a hospital where he was declared dead.

The PNP earlier said it has ordered an independent probe on the incident. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Mga lumalabag sa curfew at iba pang ordinansa sa gitna ng pandemya, huhulihin ng PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   July 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nagbabala ang Philippine National Police (PNP) na huhulihin ang mga lumalabag sa mga lokal na ordinansa kasabay ng pagpapaigting ng anti-criminality campaign nito sa gitna ng coronavirus pandemic.

Sinabi ni PNP chief Police General Archie Gamboa na bukod sa pagsawata sa krimen, babantayan rin nila ang mga sumusuway sa mga ordinansa ng bawat lungsod gaya ng curfew hours, pagbabawal sa paninigarilyo, at pag-iinuman sa labas ng bahay, at paglabas ng walang pang-itaas na damit.

Maging ang mga lumalabag sa minimum health protocols gaya ng hindi pagsusuot ng face mask at kawalan ng physical distancing ay huhulihin din.

“Yes we will apprehend and file appropriate case,” ani Gamboa.

Paliwanag ng hepe ng pambansang pulisya, layunin nito na mabawasan ang lalo pang pagkalat ng novel coronavirus disease sa gitna na rin ng dumaraming bilang ng kaso nito sa bansa.

“This is a national concern na dapat tulong-tulong tayo. So, sana huwag na pasaway para wala na kami hulihin,” sabi ni Gamboa.

Umaasa ang PNP chief na paiiralin ng publiko ang disiplina at susundin ang mga ipinatutupad na batas at ordinansa sa bansa sa gitna ng kinakaharap na krisis sa kalusugan. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Cops infected with COVID-19 now over 1,000 – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   July 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The number of police officers who have tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has climbed to 1,006, figures from the Philippine National Police (PNP) showed.

The PNP Health Service said 25 additional infections have been reported but there were no new deaths so the total fatalities remains at nine.

A total of 455 cops have recovered from the viral respiratory disease.

The PNP Health Service said it is also monitoring 651 probable cases and 1,252 suspected cases of COVID-19.

The Philippines has so far recorded a total of 51,745 COVID-19 infections, with 12,813 recovered patients and 1,314 fatalities. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

50 Chinese nationals arrested for illegal POGO operations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 7, 2020

Fifty Chinese nationals were arrested by the Makati City Police on Monday (July 6) for working in an illegal Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) firm.

The Makati City Police conducted an operation in Barangay Pio del Pilar after receiving complaints from residents about an illegal gambling operation.

NCRPO director Police MGen. Debold Sinas said various electronic devices including laptop computers, cellphones, and wifi routers were seized in the operation.

The arrested Chinese nationals will face various charges, such as violation of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, violation of RA 10176, and violation of article 515 in relation to RA 11332, as well as the city’s general community quarantine guidelines. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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