MANILA – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday said it has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to investigate the death of a man in Cavite after he was allegedly ordered to do intense physical exercise as a punishment for violating quarantine rules.
“Nakarating na po sa amin yang report na yan kahapon and immediately, ito po ay tinignan ng DILG and may order na si Officer in Charge (OIC), Undersecretary Bernardo Florece. Idinulog namin sa PNP, sa Joint Task Force (JTF) Covid Shield, kay Lt. Gen. Cesar Hawthorne Binag at in-assure niya na may team ang PRO (Police Regional Office) 4A na mag-iimbestiga (The report has already reached us and the DILG looked into it immediately and there is already an order from OIC, Undersecretary Bernardo Florece. We conveyed this to the PNP, to the Joint Task Force (JTF) Covid Shield, to Lt. Gen. Cesar Hawthorne Binag and he assured us that a team from the PRO 4A will investigate this),” DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said in a Laging Handa briefing.
He said the local government unit will also look into the liability of the village officials over the incident.
“Hayaan nating gumulong ang imbestigasyon ng PNP (Let the PNP’s investigation run its course). As for the LGU, they already vowed to investigate any possible lapses of the village that has jurisdiction over this incident,” he added.
Meanwhile, PNP spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Ildebrandi Usana said based on initial investigation, General Trias police chief, Lt. Col. Marlo Solero has denied imposing physical exercise as a sanction for quarantine violators.
“We will take his word for that. He (Solero) even claimed they provided assistance to the victim’s family to bring him to the different hospitals. But if there are witnesses to the contrary, the PNP in the region will be there to get their side for the conduct of investigation,” Usana said.
Reports said Darren Manaog Peñaredondo, 28, died after reportedly being forced to do a body pumping exercise 300 times before being freed. He was earlier arrested for violating quarantine rules on Maundy Thursday.
The victim was released on Good Friday but suffered a convulsion, went into comatose and died later in the day.
Solero earlier said they have no records showing that Manaog was arrested last April 1.
However, investigations showed that watchmen in Barangay Tejero arrested a certain Darren Peñaredondo.
“The truth must come out. After all, there were seven other quarantine violators referred accordingly by the apprehending barangay officials to the General Trias Police. The investigation can get their side one by one to shed light on the case,” Usana said. with Lloyd Caliwan/PNA-northboundasia.com