[UPDATED, 7:08 AM, April 6, 2021] A man died in General Trias, Cavite after being punished by the police for violating the pandemic lockdown curfew, an activist organization reported.
The League of Filipino Students (LFS)-University of the Philippines in Los Baños chapter said a certain Darren Manaog Peñaredondo died on Easter Sunday, April 4, as a result of being ordered to perform about 300 cycles of an exercise routine.
The LFS said the victim stepped out of their house Thursday evening to buy drinking water but was apprehended by Barangay Tejero security personnel and turned over to the police
Facebook page Go Cavite also reported the incident, saying Peñaredondo and fellow arrestees were ordered by the police to perform 100 “pumping” exercises but were told to repeat them twice as they were not in sync.
“Pumping” is a series of punishing exercises that may include air squats, sit-ups and push ups.
The incident happened at the vicinity of the General Trias Municipal Hall, Go Cavite said.
Peñaredondo’s death was first reported by his cousin Adrian Luceña who also wrote on his Facebook page the victim was allowed to come home on Friday morning at about eight o’clock in the morning but already had difficulty walking.
“At dawn of Saturday, he (Peñaredondo) suffered repeated convulsions and was revived. But he eventually became comatose until he died at 10 o’clock (on Saturday evening),” Luceña wrote in Filipino.
Luceña added that Peñaredondo told him he collapsed several times as they were being punished.
He said they will demand justice for Peñaredondo’s death.
Luceña’s post has gone viral on various social media platforms.
A video taken by the victim’s common law wife Reichelyn Balce was posted by GMA Network showing Peñaredondo unable to stand up and rolling on the floor in agony.
The news report said the victim was taken to a hospital where he died.
The LFS said the victim’s death was a case of police brutality.
The Gen. Trias police chief Lt. Col. Lieutenant Colonel Marlo Solero meanwhile denied they punish curfew violators and said they only lecture those arrested.
He added the police only order some sort of community service to those they have apprehended for curfew violations.
Gen. Trias Mayor Antonio Ferrer said an investigation has been launched. # (Raymund B. Villanueva)