But he was stopped by police and advised to do “pumping exercises” 100 occasions, in accordance to the report. Police made him repeat the workouts, which means he in the end did about 300 repetitions.
“He started to convulse on Saturday, but we were able to revive him at home. Then his body failed so we revived him again, but he was already comatose,” his household stated, in accordance to the report. Peñaredondo died at 10 p.m., the household stated.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government and the mayor of General Trias metropolis have ordered an investigation into Peñaredondo’s dying, in accordance to the report.
“All police officers who will be proven to have violated the law will be prosecuted and meted with appropriate (administrative) and criminal penalties,” the division’s undersecretary Jonathan Malaya stated in a textual content message to NCS Philippines.
Peñaredondo’s dying follows a string of incidents involving brutal policing methods.
Jose Manuel Diokno, a lawyer and founding father of Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG), stated it was not authorized to lock individuals up in cages or make individuals squat 300 occasions. “The only penalties that can be imposed by law enforcers for any kind of violations are those found in local law and national law, and we don’t have any laws that allow people to be put in dog cages or be made to exercise for long periods of time,” he stated.
A troublesome method to Covid restrictions
The Philippines has taken a troublesome method to containing coronavirus.
Lockdown orders had additionally harmed individuals who want to depart their houses to work, he stated, including the measures had been “very anti-poor.”
Decline in freedoms
Brutal policing strategies have been a problem for years within the Philippines. Since Duterte got here to energy in 2016, hundreds have died within the “war on drugs” after the president ordered police to kill anybody they believed to be linked to the medication commerce.
But activists say the pandemic has additional degraded freedoms and human rights.
According to Conde, the important thing downside is the federal government is treating Covid-19 as a public security problem — not a well being concern. The outsized roles given to army and police had solely elevated the prevalence of aggressive policing techniques, he stated.
“I think the police, the military and the local government, they have been emboldened to commit human rights violations even more during the pandemic,” he stated.
Diokno, the lawyer, stated authorities had “just taken a cue from their leader,” referring to Duterte.
Diokno stated human rights had “very clearly” been degraded over the pandemic. “Aside from the lives that have been lost, the first victims of the pandemic were democratic rights and freedoms,” he stated.