Filipino man dies after doing 300 squats as COVID curfew breach punishment

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A young man has died after reportedly doing 300 squats as a punishment for breaking a COVID curfew in place in the Philippines.

Darren Manaog Penaredondo, 28, was allegedly out after the 6pm COVID curfew on April 1 purchasing water when he was caught by authorities, Rappler reported.

The city of General Trias has a curfew from 6pm to 5am as part of an “enhanced community quarantine status”.

A person close to the man, Adrian Lucena, took to Facebook to make claims about how the death took place.

“This is brother Darren Manaog because he was caught last Thursday night by the police,” the post said alongside an image of the man in a body bag.

He claimed Penaredondo said, “they were pumped 100 x.” – that is, forced to repeat a strenuous exercise movement.

Penaredondo then reportedly had to do the exercise repeatedly because the violators were required to do the punishment in sync.

This meant he ended up doing the squat-like exercise 300 times in total.

“He went home on Friday at 8am in the morning and he couldn’t walk properly,” the post said.

The man began having seizures the next day before his heart stopped. He passed away at around 10pm.

“Brother goodbye we love you so much,” Lucena said.

“We will not allow justice not to be given to your loss.”

Authorities in Bali make people do push ups for failing to wear face masks. Credit: Supplied

City of General Trias Mayor Antonio Ferrer said via Facebook that an investigation into the death was underway.

Mayor Antonio Ferrer also addressed the city’s COVID curfew policy.

“In enforcing the said policy, hurting or torturing anyone who violates it is not part of our policy,” the post said.

“In connection with the unexpected passing of Mr Darren Manaog Penaredondo, we immediately ordered the chief of our police to conduct a fair investigation about the incident of arrest and the seemingly torturing (of) him.

“Let’s hope that we have immediate clarity on the events and give peace of mind and will to the Penaredondo family.”

General Trias Police Chief Lieutenant Colonel Marlo Nillo Solero denied the allegations to Rappler, saying officers did not give such punishments to quarantine rule-breakers.

However, The Philippines isn’t the only country that’s allegedly used unorthodox punishments for breaching COVID curfews.

Indonesia made headlines earlier this year for bizarre punishments allegedly meted out in that country.

Authorities in Bali make people do push ups as COVID-19 punishment.
Authorities in Bali make people do push ups as COVID-19 punishment. Credit: Supplied

This included having people bury COVID victims, sleep overnight in haunted houses, clean up rubbish, do push-ups or recite the national anthem.

In East Java, repeat offenders were made to participate in the burials of those who died from coronavirus.

Meanwhile, in Central Java, those returning to their villages were forced to spend the quarantine period in an old house that’s said to be haunted.

In one Balinese village, people were forced to undergo cleanup duties and, in another, pay mask fines with five bags of rice.

The Badung Public Order Agency also forced people to do push-ups and sit-ups, dance and sing the national anthem.

But this was in return for those caught without a face mask to be supplied one free.

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