THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has ordered the conduct of an investigation into the death of a curfew violator who was made to do pumping exercises in Cavite.
Darren Peñaredondo died on Saturday, April 3, 2021, a day after he was made to do pumping exercises as punishment for violating the curfew.
Cavite is part of the NCR plus bubble which is under enhanced community quarantine with a curfew of 6 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Reichelyn Balce said Peñaredondo, who was her partner, was made to do 100 rounds of pumping exercise, but ended up doing 300 rounds because all violators were made to repeat the exercises until they were all in sync.
A video taken by Balce on April 2 showed Peñaredondo wincing in pain as he did the exercises.
Balce said Peñaredondo, who had a heart problem, suffered from a seizure the next day. She brought him to a hospital, where he died.
DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said they have tapped the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the local government of General Trias for the conduct of the investigation.
“Nagbigay na po tayo ng direktiba na imbestigahan agad-agad kung meron bang mga paglabag sa protocol o kaya naman nagkaroon ng irregularidad ‘yung ating mga kapulisan,” he said in a television interview on Tuesday, April 6.
Police Lieutenant Colonel Marlo Solero, General Trias Police chief, denied imposing such punishment on curfew violators.
“Ang ginagawa namin dito ‘yung team namin na nagpo-provide ng lecture sa mga ‘to nile-lecturan ho sila and before sila i-turn over sa respective barangays nila. Minsan pinaglilinis namin dito sa harap ng munisipyo, harap ng police station magpulot ng mga basura as part of community service. Yun lang po. Wala po kaming physical exercise na pinapagawa sa kanila,” he said in a television interview.
Solero said they have yet to receive any formal complaint about it. They are open to any investigation on the incident, he added. (Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo / SunStar Philippines)