A quarantine violator from the town of General Trias in Cavite died on Saturday, April 2 after he was allegedly forced to do 300 rounds of pumping exercise as punishment for violating curfew hours.
In an interview with dzRH’s Dos por Dos, Reichelyn Balce, live-in partner of the victim Darren Manaog Peñaredondo, said the latter was arrested after going out on April 1 to buy mineral water. He was brought to the General Trias Police Station.
There, Balce said, violators were ordered to do pumping exercises (similar to push-ups or squats) 100 times. However, the violators were not in sync and had to repeat the exercise until they were able to make 300 rounds.
In a Facebook post of the victim’s cousin, Adrian Lucena, he said Peñaredondo returned home the next day and was barely able to walk. He died eventually despite several attempts to revive him.
“Sabi nya po pinagpumping sila ng 100x kailangan sabay sabay kaya naka ilang ulet sila sabi niya nasa 300 daw nagawa nila… Sabado ng madaling araw nag convulsion siya narevive pa namin siya sa bahay… sinumpong ulet siya narevive ulet kaya lang comatose na siya hanggang ngayong 10:00 pm wala na,” he wrote.
“Tapos sinabi rin niya sakin na na ilang beses pa siyang natumba habang pinag papapumping sila,” Adrian added.
General Trias Police chief Police Lieutenant Colonel Marlo Solero, in an interview, denied the allegations and said the only punishment for violators was community service.
However, the family of the victim did not buy the police’s explanation.
“Ang sabi ng pulis wala silang ganun na protocol na parusa at pagdampot lang ng basura ang pinapagawa nila.? Uuwe ba yung kuya namin ng hinang hina nang dahil sa pagdampot lang ng basura,” a family member said.
Another Facebook post from a certain Neelia Uznob showed Peñaredondo struggling to stand up.
General Trias Mayor Antonio Ferrer on Monday night said an investigation is on its way following the death of the curfew violator.
“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,” Ferrer said in a Facebook post.
“Tayo po ay personal na nakipag ugnayan sa pamilya ni G. Peñaredondo upang makiramay at tumulong sa kanilang pangangailangan,” he added.