Police chief Lt. Col. Marlo Solero of General Trias, Cavite and two other policemen were relieved of their posts following the death of curfew violator, Darren Peñaredondo, who was allegedly forced to do 300 squats as punishment.
Cpls. Jerome Vibar and Kenneth Merce, the two others sacked, reportedly ordered the squats.
Their dismissal came after two of the victim’s companions carried out affidavits which said that they were forced to do physical exercises after being apprehended for violating curfew.
The Philippine National Police was last week instructed by the Department of Interior and Local Government to investigate the case. Similarly, city mayor Ony Ferrer told Gen. Trias police to “fairly” probe the incident.
On April 1, Peñaredondo was caught outside of his home on the way to buy water during curfew hours.
He and his fellow quarantine violators were told to do 100 “pumping exercises”, like pushups or squats, said Peñaredondo’s cousin, Adrian Luceña. However, they ended up doing 300 since they had failed to do them synchronically.
Peñaredondo, according to Luceña, had a heart condition and returned home with great difficulty after the incident.
Reports say that he collapsed and despite several attempts at resuscitation, passed away in a hospital last Saturday. Doctors attributed this to a stroke.
PNP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Ildebrandi Usana said that physical punishment is permitted but that physical well-being of violators should be considered.