House probe into quarantine violator's death sought

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Party-list lawmakers want the House of Representatives to conduct its own probe into a curfew violator's death that resulted from allegedly being forced by police to do 300 squats. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 8) — Party-list lawmakers want the House of Representatives to conduct its own probe into a curfew violator's death that resulted from allegedly being forced by police to do 300 squats.

Bayan Muna's Eufemia Cullamat, Carlos Zarate, and Ferdinand Gaite filed House Resolution 1697 dated April 7, published on Thursday, urging the House Committee on Human Rights to look into Darren Peñaredondo's death.

"Laws and rules should serve the interest of our people, and should not be weaponized to suppress their rights and oppress them," the resolution stated.

Peñaredondo, a resident of General Trias in Cavite, died shortly after he was allegedly instructed by police to do strenuous exercises as punishment for breaking the 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew to buy water. The chief of police in General Trias was later relieved from his post after two individuals testified they were instructed to do knee bender exercises by two General Trias policemen. The police officers have been sacked as well pending investigation.

The victim's cousin, Adrian Luceña, said Peñaredondo and other quarantine violators were asked to do 100 "pumping exercises" similar to push-ups or squats. Because they failed to do it simultaneously, they ended up doing a total of 300.

Luceña said Peñaredondo had a heart condition and collapsed after returning home, before eventually dying.

The resolution also mentioned other reported instances of questionable punitive measures imposed on quarantine violators, including locking young violators in a dog cage, which happened last year.