Man dies after police allegedly ordered him to do “300 squats” for breaking Covid curfew rules

A Philippines man allegedly died when he was forced to do 300 squats as punishment for breaking COVID-19 curfew rules, according to a new report.

28-year-old Darren Manaog Peñaredondo, was out after 6 p.m. April 1 buying drinking water in his city of General Trias, Cavite, when he was nabbed by village guards, Rappler reported.

According to reports, there’s a strict 6 p.m to 5 a.m. curfew in Cavite, and thus, Darren was deemed to have gone against the laws.

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Peñaredondo, along with another curfew violator, were brought to a shopping plaza and forced to perform “pumping” exercises, similar to squats, his partner Reichelyn Balce told Rappler.

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She also said Penaredondo struggled to move by himself the next day because of fatigue. She said he struggled to walk the entire day and was just crawling.

Following Peñaredondo’s death, police chief of General Trias city, Marlo Solero said there is no physical punishment for quarantine violators. He said they are given lectures and sometimes made to do community service, like picking up litter.

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