On April 1, 28-year-old Darren Manaog Peñaredondo left his home in General Trias, a town in the province of Cavite, which is under block due to an increase in Covid-19 infections to buy water, his family said, according to CNN. CNN Group of the Philippines
But he was banned by the police 100 times, according to the report. The police made him repeat the exercise, meaning he finally managed to do about 300 repetitions.
“He started seizing on Saturday. But we were able to make him wake up at home, then his body crashed, so we raised him again. But he was asleep, ”his family said, according to the report. The family said the Peñaredondo died at 1
The Philippines has one of the highest reports of COVID-19 infections in any country in Asia, with more than 819,000 cases and 14,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. A sharp rise in domestic cases last month forced authorities to order more than 25 million people to exit prisons, including in Cavite province.
The interior ministry and local government and the city’s mayor, General Trias, ordered an investigation into Peñaredondo’s death, according to reports.
“All police officers who are proven to violate the law will be prosecuted and subject to suitably (administrative) and criminal penalties,” Chief Secretary Jonathan Malaya said in a message to CNN Philippines.
Peñaredondo’s death was followed by a series of incidents involving brutal healing techniques.
In a statement last month, the nonprofit Human Rights Watch (HRW) pointed to reports that officials had locked five young people in dog cages for violating detention. It was also reportedly forcing people to sit in the sun as a punishment for violating the curfew.
Jose Manuel Diokno, a lawyer and founder of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG), said it was illegal to caged or squat people 300 times. “The only penalties that law enforcement can impose for all kinds of violations are those found in local and national laws, and we don’t have any laws that allow people to be caged or exercised. For a long time A moment, ”he said.
The tough way to limit COVID
The Philippines takes strict guidelines for the coronavirus.
President Rodrigo Duterte used his traditional strong tactics, saying in April last year that police would shoot dead people in violation of virus restrictions. “I will not hesitate. My order is military police. And the Barangans: If they’re stubborn and they fight you and your life is endangered, shoot them to death, ”Duterte said.
Lots of people were detained for breaking the restrictions. In the past 12 months Between March and August last year, nearly 290,000 people were warned, fined or charged with violating quarantine rules, CNN Philippines reported. Since Duterte laid the Philippines’ main island of Luzon on March 16 this year, hundreds of people have been arrested in Manila, HRW said in March.
The Philippine authorities insisted that stringent approaches were needed to contain the country’s outbreak, but Carlos Conde, a senior researcher at HRW based in the Philippines, said the escalating cases showed the measures had not been effective. But he said the decision to arrest more people is likely to see people. “Packed like a sardine” into a crowded prison without social distension.
The evacuation order also hurt people who had to leave their homes to work, he said, adding that the measure was “ not the case. ” “Against the very poor”
In an annual report released this week, Amnesty International criticized the Philippine approach, saying: “The measures the government has taken to stop the spread of COVID-19 has led to massive human rights violations.”
Last month, Duterte defended using a former soldier in the fight against COVID-19, saying “You don’t have to be a doctor here,” according to CNN Philippines. CNN contacted the Philippine Information Authority. Formally to ask for comment.
Brutal remedies have been a problem for years in the Philippines. Since Duterte came to power in 2016, thousands of people have died in the It was “war on drugs” after the president ordered the police to kill anyone they believed was involved in drug trafficking.
But activists say the outbreak has further degraded freedom and human rights.
According to Conde, the major problems Is The government considers Covid-19 a public safety issue – not a health issue. The too broad roles given to soldiers and police only increase the prevalence of aggressive treatment tactics, he said.
“I think the police, the military and the local government are more daring to abuse human rights during the epidemic,” he said.
Said the lawyer Diokno. “Just got advice from their boss,” referring to Duterte.
There were implications beyond those arrested for violating the quarantine. According to HRW, there were deaths from The “war on drugs” increased 50% from April to July 2020 compared to the past four months.
Diokno said human rights “very clear” were cut down by the epidemic. “In addition to life lost, the first victim of the epidemic was democratic rights and freedoms,” he said.