A man died after allegedly being ordered to do 300 repetitions of a pumping exercise or squats after violating the curfew in General Trias in Cavite.
Darren Manaog Peñaredondo was caught by authorities on the evening of April 1 as he was out buying water beyond curfew hours.
According to a post by his cousin, Adrian Luceña, Peñaredondo and other curfew violators were punished with physical activity.
“Sabi nya po pinagpumping sila ng 100 times kailangan sabay sabay kaya nakailang ulit sila sabi niya nasa 300 daw nagawa nila. (He said they were asked to do pumping exercise 100 times, they had to do it all together so they had to repeat again and again, around 300 times),” Luceña wrote in a Facebook post on April 4.
“Umuwi po siya ng Friday ng 8:00 a.m. hindi na sya makalakad ng maayos (He went home on Friday, at 8:00 a.m. He couldn’t walk properly),” Luceña added.
The League of Filipino Students- University of the Philippines Los Banos (LFS-UPLB) on Monday condemned the killing of Peñaredondo.
“Patay ang isang sibilyan mula sa General Trias, Cavite matapos nitong mag-pumping ng halos 300 beses alinsunod sa utos ng mga pulis bilang kaukulang parusa para di-umano sa paglabag nito sa curfew hours kahapon lamang, Abril 4 (A civilian from General Trias, Cavite died after he pumped almost 300 times in accordance with the order of the police as a punishment for allegedly violating the curfew hours only yesterday, April 4),” the organization said in a Facebook post on Monday.
“Pagkauwi ng binatilyo, kapansin pansin na ng pamilya ang kawalan nito ng kaayusan sa paglalakad. Agad naman itong kinumbulsyon at hinimatay kinalaunan (When he returned home, the family noticed his difficulty in walking. He immediately convulsed and later fainted),” it added.
Penaredondo was reportedly found dead in their house at around 10 p.m.
“Sabado ng madaling araw nag convulsion siya. Narevive pa namin siya sa bahay. Sinumpong ulit siya na-revive ulit kaya lang comatose na siya hanggang ngayong 10:00 pm wala na (In the wee hours of Saturday, he convulsed but we were able to revive him at home. He convulsed again and he was revived again but he was comatose. Then he passed away at 10:00 p.m.),” Luceña said.
Mayor Antonio “Ony” Ferrer said making violators suffer has never been a part of the implementation of protocols meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“Kaugnay sa di inaaasahang pagpanaw ni G. Darren Manaog Peñaredondo, inatasan natin agad ang hepe ng ating kapulisan na magsagawa ng patas na imbestigasyon tungkol sa insidente ng paghuli at sa di-umaano’y pagpapahirap sa kanya (Regarding the untimely death of Mr. Darren Manaog Peñaredondo, we’re expecting the chief of police to carry out an impartial investigation on the incident and to catch those who are responsible for his suffering),” Ferrer said in a statement on Facebook on Monday evening.
Ferrer said he already reached out to Peñaredondo’s family to express his condolences.
In a report from GMA News, General Trias Police Chief Lt. Col. Marlo Solero denied the allegation.
He said community service was the only punishment for those who were caught violating the curfew.
Solero added the police also had yet to receive a complaint from the victim’s family.
The police chief said they are open to any investigation on the incident.
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