General Trias police chief sacked over curfew violator’s death

THE chief of police of General Trias City in Cavite was relieved from post over the death of curfew violator Darren Peñaredondo, Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Brigadier General Idelbrandi Usana said on Wednesday, April 7.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Marlo Solero was sacked after two other curfew violators who were arrested and punished by the police confirmed the physical punishment imposed on violators.

“The PD (provincial director), Cavite PPO (Police Provincial Office) has relieved the COP (chief of police) of General Trias (GT) after finding out that two of the quarantine violators executed sworn affidavits that they indeed were made to do physical exercises (knee bender) by two GT policemen earlier relieved pending the investigation,” Usana said in a message to reporters.

Solero and the two policemen, identified as Corporals Jerome Vibar and Kenneth Mercene, have been placed under the custody of the CPPO.

Usana said administrative or criminal charges will be filed against these PNP personnel.

“This is to also assure that the PNP does not tolerate any act that is inimical to the best interest of our people, particularly the aggrieved parties in the Peñaredondo case,” he said.

Peñaredondo was arrested by barangay watchmen on Thursday, April 1, for violating the 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew in the National Capital Region, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal.

Reichelyn Balce, Peñaredondo’s live-in partner, said he was turned over to the police and was made to do 300 rounds of pumping exercise along with other violators. They were released on Friday morning.

Solero denied imposing such a punishment and said the violators were merely asked to attend lecture or render community service.

Peñaredondo had a heart condition, according to Balce.

Based on the death certificate, Peñaredondo died of a stroke on April 3, Saturday. (SunStar Philippines)


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