His family said that a Filipino man found to have violated quarantine rules was sentenced to death after being ordered by the police to perform 300 squats.
Darren Manaog Penaredondo was allegedly stopped by an army officer while purchasing water in Cavite Province at 1
He passed out the next day and later died.
Cavite province on Luzon is currently under strict lockdown in response to the spread of Covid.
General Trias Police Chief Marlo Solero said that there is no physical punishment for those who violate the curfew rules, only the official’s speech. He told the local media that if officials were found to have imposed punishments, they would not tolerate such punishments.
The victim’s relative, Adrian Lucena, announced his death on Facebook. He said Mr. Penaredondo and others who were found to have violated the curfew were told to do 100 squats together.
He said that if they cannot do these at the same time, they will have to repeat the process. The team ended up doing 300 exercises.
The brother of Mr. Penaredondo said that Mr. Penaredondo went home painfully at 0600 Friday morning. His family partner told the local news media Rappler that he had been working hard to move all Friday.
Reichelyn Balce said: “All day long, he walked hard, just crawling. But I didn’t take it seriously because he said it was just a simple physical pain.”
The next day, he passed out and stopped breathing. Ms. Balce asked neighbors to help him resurrect, but it was reported that he died soon after.
Ony Ferrer, the general mayor of Trias, said he has ordered the chief of police to conduct a thorough investigation. He described the so-called punishment as “torture”.
Mr. Ferrer added that he has been in contact with Mr. Penaredondo’s family.
Earlier this month, Human Rights Watch warned that rule-breakers in the Philippines were being abused. Human rights groups say that in some cases, police and local officials keep people in cages, while others are forced to sit in the midday sun.
In a televised speech on Thursday, President Rodrigo Duterte warned citizens not to violate the blockade rules. He said: “I will not hesitate. My order is to the police and the military and the village. Officer, if there is any trouble, or in some cases violence occurs there, your life is in danger, shoot him.”
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