A Filipino man has died after allegedly being forced by the police to do 300 squats as punishment for breaking COVID-19 curfew rules in his home country.
28-year0old Darren Manaog Penaredondo, died in General Trias city, on the outskirts of the capital Manila, on April 3 – two days after he was caught by police buying a bottle of water from a local shop after the 6pm curfew.
Partner Reichelyn Balce said he and a group of other curfew-breakers were forced to do 100 squat thrusts – but had to repeat the exercise if they failed to do it in unison.
By the time Mr Penaredondo arrived home the following morning, Ms Blace said he had performed 300 of the exercises and was barely able to walk.
Then, while trying to use the bathroom, Mr Penaredondo began suffering seizures and had to be revived by a neighbour using CPR.
He regained consciousness for a short time afterwards, but eventually passed away around 10pm without ever reaching hospital.
Cousin Adrian Lucena announced the death on Facebook, writing: ‘We love you so much. We will not allow those responsible to escape justice.
‘Sorry I can’t go home because of these times. I love you so much.’
Man dies after police allegedly ordered him to do “300 squats” as punishment for breaking Covid curfew rules. pic.twitter.com/2ekpOLb8cj
— Laila Ijeoma | Lailasnews.com (@LailaIjeoma) April 7, 2021