Netizens are seeking for accountability for the quarantine violator who died after being forced to do 300 rounds of exercise.
According to Reichelyn Balce, live-in partner of the victim Darren Peñaredondo, the violator was arrested by village watchmen for violating the curfew on April 1, after he was seen buying drinking water past 6 PM.
In a Facebook post of Adrian Luceña, the victim’s cousin, 28-year-old Peñaredondo died after being forced to do 300 reps of pumps in Barangay Tejero
In a phone interview of Rappler with Peñaredondo’s live-in partner, Reichelyn Balce, she said her partner complained about the punishment after he arrived home on April 2.
“Ang kuwento niya po sa akin, dinala sila sa Plaza ng Malabon sa tapat po 'yun ng munisipyo. Tapos po, pinag-pumping daw sila ng mga pulis nang 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,” Balce said.
“Tapos pag-uwi niya po nang umaga ng Biyernes, mag-aalas otso nang 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,” she added.
On April 2, Peñaredondo was struggling to move by himself all day due to over fatigue, according to Balce.
“Maghapon na 'yun, hirap na hirap siyang lumakad, gumagapang siya sa sahig para lang makatayo…Pero di ko siya sineryoso masyado kasi ang sabi niya lang masakit 'yung tuhod saka hita niya tapos 'yung katawan niya,”
Hours later, Peñaredondo started having seizures and lost consciousness. He was eventually revived but died not long after.
Meanwhile, General Trias police chief Police Lieutenant Colonel Marlo Nillo Solero denied the allegations of Peñaredondo's family, however, saying they don’t have such a punishment for quarantine violators.
“So sa claim po na pumping, wala po kaming binibigay na ganoong punishment sa kanila. Instead, we’re conducting lectures po,” Solero said in a phone interview with Rappler.
The cops’ denial of punishment sparked anger from online users across the social media, as they took to Twitter to express their dismay towards the incident, saying someone should be held accountable.