- Another curfew violator died after he was allegedly beaten up by barangay tanods in Calamba City, Laguna
- Witnesses claim they saw members of the barangay’s quick response team beat the victim repeatedly
- When he collapsed, the victim was brought to the Calamba Medical Center Hospital but reportedly died because of his injuries
- The police are already investigating the incident
Another curfew violator died after he was allegedly beaten up by barangay tanods in Calamba City in Laguna for violating curfew rules.
Witnesses interviewed by the police claimed they saw the victim, Ernanie Lumban Jimenez, being repeatedly beaten by the barangay’s quick response team.
According to a report by the Rappler, the incident happened in Purok 2, Barangay Turbina, Calamba City, Laguna.
An Inquirer report also stated that the victim was brought to the Calamba Medical Center Hospital after he collapsed.
Regine Velasquez, naging usap-usapan dahil sa matalinghaga niyang post sa Twitter: “Bakit parang pinabayaan…”
He later died while being treated at the medical facility.
Activist organization Anakbayan Calamba, in a Facebook post, is asking for justice for the death of Lumban.
A Yahoo Philippines report states that the death of Lumban is the second on record among curfew violators this month.
Only two weeks before, a curfew violator also died in General Trias, Cavite after police officers allegedly asked the victim to do 300 rounds of body pumping exercises.
The police chief of General Trias, along with policemen involved in the incident, were relieved of their duties pending investigation.
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Recently, social media was abuzz with reports of barangay officials and personnel arresting individuals for violating curfew hours. Although in many cases the arrests were done appropriately and based on guidelines, there were some that many saw as out of the ordinary and quickly became subject of online bashing. An example of this is the student in Quezon City who was arrested by barangay tanods even if he was just outside his house to get the food items delivered by a rider.
Pokwang, binanatan ang mga tanod na nang-aresto sa binatang kumuha ng ipinadeliver na food sa tapat ng bahay
Many barangay officials have come under fire for misinterpreting curfew rules or simply going beyond their authority. In one controversial case, barangay officials were captured on video trying to arrest a number of individuals who are inside a home. The officials were insisting that there is a curfew from 6 p.m. The woman in the video stated that they are still inside the house, hence, they could not be arrested for violating the curfew. The barangay officials insisted that since the woman is not a resident of the house owned by her uncle, she is still violating rules because going to another person's house is also “bawal.”
Another controversial implementation of the curfew by barangay officials that went viral shows a barangay captain preventing the entry of delivery riders to his barangay because it is already within curfew hours. According to the barangay captain, it does not mean that just because Presidential Spox Harry Roque said that food delivery riders can operate 24/7, it is automatically okay since LGUs still have to discuss if the orders of Malacañang is applicable on the local level. His explanation and action earned different kinds of reactions online.
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