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Philippines man dies after being forced to do 300 squats for breaking Covid-19 curfew

April 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A man in the Philippines has died after being forced to do 300 squats for breaching Covid curfews, making him the latest victim of the country's often brutal approach to enforcing restrictions.

(CNN)A man in the Philippines has died after being forced to do 300 squats for breaching Covid curfews, making him the latest victim of the country's often brutal approach to enforcing restrictions.

On April 1, Darren Manaog Pe├▒aredondo, 28, left his home in General Trias, a city in Cavite province, which is under lockdown due to rising Covid-19 cases, to buy water, his family said, according to CNN affiliate CNN Philippines.

"All police officers who will be proven to have violated the law will be prosecuted and meted with appropriate (administrative) and criminal penalties," the department's undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said in a text message to CNN Philippines.

Since Duterte put the main Philippine island of Luzon in lockdown on March 16 this year, hundreds of people had been arrested in Manila, HRW said in March.

Last month, Duterte defended using former military officers in the fight against Covid-19, saying, "You need not be a doctor here," according to a CNN Philippines report.

"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 said.

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