World Philippine man dies after being forced to perform hundreds of squats for breaking COVID-19 curfew
Complete List Of COVID-19 Cases In UFC
Dive in to see a complete and updated list of all the fighters, coaches and cornermen who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began earlier this year.A few months into the pandemic, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President, Dana White, defied the odds and kept his promise of being the first major sports organization to get the ball rolling, staging UFC 249 on May 9, 2020, in Jacksonville, Florida. It didn’t take long for COVID-19 to show its ugly head, though, as Ronaldo Souza and a few of his cornermen tested positive for the virus, prompting his removal from the event.
Philippine authorities are investigating the death of a 28-year-old man forced to perform nearly 300 squat exercises after officials say he broke localcurfew rules last week.
Darren Manaog Peñaredondo, 28, was apprehended by village watchmen on April 1 in General Trias City, south of Manila, while he was buying water after 6 p.m. The curfew lasts from 6 p.m. until 5 a.m.
Reichelyn Balce said her husband was ordered to perform the exercises with others. Her husband had a heart condition and could barely walk when he got home the next day, she said.
The indignity of Philippines' 'homeless' dead: leased graves that expire
The remains of thousands killed in the Philippines' war on drugs could be tossed in pits as families struggle to pay for burial sites amid a pandemic.Remains are stacked in cinder-block holes five stories high. Their openings are cemented shut and painted in blue, yellow or pink pastels. Those whose families can’t afford a plaque have their names scrawled in black ink. On days when the humidity and breeze conspire, the stench of decomposing bodies hangs over grounds strewn with trash and uncollected bones.
"He said they were made to do pumping exercises for 100 reps. If they’re not in sync, they have to start over,” she told.
Adrian Lucena, Peñaredondo’s cousin, posted on social media that Peñaredondo "had a convulsion, but we were able to revive him at home" before he was rushed to the hospital and died hours later.
National police spokesman Ildebrandi Usana said the city’s police chief and two officers have been removed from their posts pending investigation into the incident.
"It’s a knee-bender exercise,” Usana told AFP. “It’s painful. If that’s the requirement, you will really pass out especially, if you’re not used to it. Even policemen themselves find it difficult.”
Philippines warns China of ‘unwanted hostilities’ in sea dispute
Duterte’s top legal counsel warns China’s ‘territorial incursions’ is an ‘unwelcome stain’ in closer ties.More than 200 Chinese boats were first spotted on March 7 at Whitsun Reef, approximately 320 kilometres (175 nautical miles) west of Palawan Island within the Philippines’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Police have punished thousands of people for breaching curfew imposed last week on Metro Manila and four provinces bordering the national capital region to curb soaring infections. More than 24 million people in greater Manila remain under strict lockdown, among the longest in the world, as a severe surge imperils the country's healthcare system.
The Philippines has confirmed more than 828,000 cases and is struggling with a positivity rate of almost 25%. More than 14,000 deaths have been reported.
Rights groups have previously raised concerns about excessive punishments for people caught breaching COVID-19 restrictions. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Monday that local officials should consider using community service to punish people breaking lockdown rules, rather than jailing or fining them, the Manila Standard reported.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY:
US and China deploy aircraft carriers in South China Sea as Philippines prepares for joint exercises .
Military activity in the South China Sea spiked over the weekend a Chinese aircraft carrier entered the region and a US Navy expeditionary strike group wrapped up exercises. © Petty Officer 3rd Class Arthur Rosen/US Navy US Navy Cmdr. Robert J. Briggs and Cmdr. Richard D. Slye monitor the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning from the pilothouse guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin on April 4 in the Philippine Sea.