Cavite Philippine National Police (PNP) officials are being condemned for the death of a curfew violator who was allegedly forced to perform a strenuous physical exercise known as “squats.”
Reports said the 28-year old victim, identified as Darren Penaredondo, had died after allegedly experiencing a heart attack when he was obliged by General Trias (Cavite) PNP personnel to do 300 squats as punishment for violating the quarantine curfew imposed by the IATF.
Penaredondo was arrested by General Trias policemen and Barangay Tejero personnel for allegedly violating the curfew regulation last April 1.
Penaredondo’s partner said he began experiencing difficulty in breathing at home, soon after he was released from custody. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced DOA.
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is currently conducting an investigation into the demise of Penaredondo to determine if the PNP and barangay officials went overboard in the implementation of their duties.
The Commission of Human Rights cautioned concerned government officials to treat the pandemic as a health crisis and not a peace and order problem wherein quarantine violators are meted harsh punishment.
Penaredondo’s relatives said they are planning to file a criminal case against officials deemed responsible for his demise.
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