A member of the Philippine National Police (PNP) slammed Senator Risa Hontiveros for her statement over the incident involving the cops and retired soldier Corporal Winston Ragos. The latter lost his life on April 21.
Yesterday, Hontiveros urged the PNP and Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to investigate the cops who got involved in the incident, saying that there’s no excuse for ‘violence’ towards ‘persons with mental illness and powerless’.
The social media post of Hontiveros has gone viral and one of the netizens who commented is Police Officer Sam Laurente.
On his comment, Laurente defended the cops who faced Ragos, saying that they’re only defending themselves from the retired soldier who’s allegedly suffering from Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Laurente said that people like Hontiveros should also think that the life of the cops is important too.
The cop pointed out that the relatives of Ragos should not allow the retired soldier to leave his home if they’re aware with his present condition.
“I assume natin na kunwari wala siyang dalang granada? Tapos meron pala at nasawi ang pulis. Sasabihin, ‘salute to our fallen hero, you will be remembered’. Ganun ba kadali ang buhay namin para sa inyo? Mahirap pagsilbihan ang bayan, pero wala kaming reklamo, ginagawa namin,” Laurente said.
“Clearly nagbigay ng order ang police. Kung mentally challenged sya, bat hinayaan ng pamilya? At kung mentally challenged siya, bat akma siyang may itatapon na kinuha nya sa bag papunta sa mga police? Tapos sasabihin sana kinapkapan muna? Kayo kumapkap diyan para kung may bomba man, kayo ang mauna,” he added.
He also said that Hontiveros should just use her voice to encourage people to distribute relief goods instead of trying to get involved in the case of Ragos.
“Sana po mag voice out ka to help sa pagbibigay relief goods sa mahihirap, hindi yung mag iingay ka lang pag ganito ang situation. Wag tayong selective madam,” he said.
Lauren then made a sarcastic post addressed to the critics of the cops.
“So next time na may police operation. Magtatanong muna kami. Are you mentally challenged? If yes, raise your right hand. If no, the left so that we can decide if we will shoot you or not? Do you understand?” he said.
The comments of Lauren has gone viral on social media and received thousands of shares as of writing.