A curfew violator allegedly died after barangay officials forced him to do 300 rounds of pumping exercises such as squats.
In a Facebook post of the victim’s cousin, Adrian Lucena, Darren Manaog Peñaredondo passed away after he was “punished” by barangay officials in General Trias, Cavite.
He was said to be apprehended by the officials after he was seen buying water past 6 PM.
“Siya po si kuya Darren Manaog. Nahuli po kasi siya nung huwebes ng gabi ng mga pulis. Bumili po kasi siya ng tubig curfew hour na.
“Tapos sabi niya po pinagpumping sila ng 100 (times), kailangan sabay-sabay kaya naka ilang ulet sila. Sabi niya nasa 300 daw nagawa nila,” Adrian wrote.
Adrian added that when Darren went home at 8 AM the following day, he was having a hard time walking. He experienced a convulsion on Saturday and was revived but it happened again a few hours after.
“Sinabi rin niya sakin na na ilang beses pa siyang natumba habang pinag papapumping sila.”
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In an interview with Rappler, Darren’s live-in partner, Reichelyn Balce said that her partner said they were brought to the Plaza Malabon and was forced to do the pumping 100 times.
“Sabi pa po sa kanila, ‘pag di sila sabay-sabay, pauulitin daw sila. Kuwento niya rin po sa akin na natumba rin siya doon,” Reichelyn said.
“Tapos pag-uwi niya po ng umaga ng Biyernes, mag-aalas otso ng umaga, akay-akay na po siya ng kasama niyang nahuli sakay ng mobile.
“Tinanong ko kung nabugbog ba siya, ngumiti lang siya pero halata mong may masakit sa kanya.”
A few hours later, Darren started having seizures.
“Nag-kombulsyon na po siya, nag-violet na po mukha niya. Wala na ‘yung heartbeat niya. Nagpatulong lang ako sa mga kapitbahay namin para i-CPR siya, doon lang bumalik heartbeat niya.”
Chairman Rodolfo Cruz of Barangay Tejero stated that the guards apprehended Darren and he was transferred to the General Trias police.
However, General Trias police chief Police Lt. Col. Marlo Nillo Solero denied the allegations and only conducted lectures as punishment.
“So sa claim po na pumping, wala po kaming binibigay na ganoong punishment sa kanila. Instead, we’re conducting lectures po,” he said.
In a Facebook post, General Trias Mayor Antonio Ferrer said that he ordered the police to have the incident investigated.