Covid Philippines: Man dies after being forced to do 300 squats for breaking curfew

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Covid rulebreaker dies after Philippine police ‘made him do 300 squats as punishment’ for going to buy water after 6pm

  • Darren Penaredondo, 28, died in the Philippines on April 3 after attacks
  • He had been arrested on the night of April 1 after breaking curfew to buy water
  • Police reportedly forced him to do 100 squat thrusts, and made him repeat the exercise three times because he kept tripping
  • He returned home, barely able to walk or stand, before collapsing and dying

A Filipino man has died after allegedly being forced into 300 squat thrusts by police as punishment for violating Covid rules in his home country.

Darren Manaog Penaredondo, 28, died in the city of General Trias, on the outskirts of the capital Manila, on April 3 – two days after he was caught by police buying a bottle of water at a local store after the 6:00 pm curfew.

Partner Reichelyn Balce said he and a group of other curfews were forced to do 100 squats – but had to repeat the exercise if they didn’t do it at the same time.

By the time Mr. Penaredondo got home the next morning, Mrs. Blace said he’d done 300 of the exercises and could barely walk.

Mr. Penaredondo struggles to hold his own after his ordeal

Mr. Penaredondo struggles to hold his own after his ordeal

Mr. Penaredondo struggles to hold his own after his ordeal

Darren Manaog Penaredondo, 28, died after being forced by police to perform 300 squat punches, struggling to get up (pictured) before having a seizure

Mr. Penaredondo (left), died in the Philippines on April 3 - two days after he was forced by police to perform 300 squat thrusts for breaking Covid curfew

Mr. Penaredondo (left), died in the Philippines on April 3 - two days after he was forced by police to perform 300 squat thrusts for breaking Covid curfew

Mr. Penaredondo (left), died in the Philippines on April 3 – two days after he was forced by police to perform 300 squat thrusts for breaking Covid curfew

“ When he got home around 8 a.m. on Friday, he was assisted by a fellow quarantine offender who was arrested along with him, ” Ms. Balce told the local news site. Rappler

I asked if he had been beaten up. He just smiled, but it was clear he was in pain. ‘

Mrs. Blace said he couldn’t stand for the rest of the day and crawled on the floor because his legs and knees hurt so much.

When he tried to use the bathroom, Mr. Penaredondo started having seizures and had to be brought back to life by a neighbor using CPR.

He regained consciousness shortly after, but eventually died around 10 p.m. without ever reaching the hospital.

Cousin Adrian Lucena announced the death on Facebook, writing: ‘We love you so much. We will not let those responsible escape justice.

‘Sorry I can’t go home because of these times. I love you so much.’

Mr. Penaredondo

Mr. Penaredondo

Mr. Penaredondo and partner Reichelyn Balce

Mr. Penaredondo and partner Reichelyn Balce

Reichelyn Balce (right), Mr Penaredondo’s partner, said he collapsed and had seizures while trying to use the bathroom – and died before she could take him to hospital

Mr. Penaredondo's cousin posted this image of his body on Facebook and vowed to get justice while the local mayor opened an investigation

Mr. Penaredondo's cousin posted this image of his body on Facebook and vowed to get justice while the local mayor opened an investigation

Mr. Penaredondo’s cousin posted this image of his body on Facebook and vowed to get justice while the local mayor opened an investigation

Rodolfo Cruz Jr, chief of local village guard units, confirmed that Mr. Penaredondo was arrested for violating curfews on the night of April 1 – but said he was handed over to municipal police shortly afterwards.

Lt Col Marlo Solero, chief of the local police, denied that squats are used as punishment for curfew violators and said officers should give lectures to offenders.

If it turns out that the police have ordered Mr Penaredondo to do squats, it will not be tolerated, he added.

Mayor Ony Ferrer released a statement on Facebook as news of the death spread, promising to open a full investigation.

“We want to know what really happened for the family,” he said.

He added that he had been in contact with Mr. Penaredondo’s family to offer his condolences.

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