Authorities in the Philippines are investigating the death of a 28-year-old man forced to do nearly 300 squat drills after officials said he violated local COVID-19 curfew rules last week.
Darren Manaog Peñaredondo, 28, was apprehended by village guards on April 1 in General Trias City, south of Manila, while buying water after 6 p.m. The curfew lasts from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Reichelyn Balce said her husband was ordered to do the exercises with others. Her husband had heart disease and could barely walk when he got home the next day, she said.
“He said they were forced to do pumping exercises for 100 reps. If they are not in sync, they have to start over,” she told AFP.
Peñaredondo’s cousin Adrian Lucena posted on social media that Peñaredondo “had a seizure, but we were able to revive him at home” before he was rushed to hospital and died a few hours later.
National police spokesman Ildebrandi Usana said the town’s police chief and two policemen had been dismissed from their posts pending an investigation into the incident.
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“It’s a knee flexion exercise,” Usana told AFP. “It is painful. If so, you will really pass out, especially if you are not used to it. Even the police themselves find it difficult.”
Police have punished thousands of people for breaking a curfew imposed last week in Metro Manila and four provinces bordering the National Capital Region to stem the spike in infections. More than 24 million people in Metro Manila are still strictly stranded, among the longest in the world, as a surge puts the country’s healthcare system at risk.
The Philippines has confirmed more than 828,000 cases and is struggling with a positivity rate of almost 25%. More than 14,000 deaths have been reported.
Rights groups have previously raised concerns about the excessive penalties imposed on people caught in violation of COVID-19 restrictions. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Monday that local officials should consider using community service to punish people who break lockdown rules, rather than jail or fine them, Manila reported. Standard.