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No arrest for curfew violators in Cavite

IMUS CITY, Cavite — There will be no apprehension of curfew violators in Cavite as part of the Inter Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) guidelines, which means that curfew offenders will not be asked to do community service or any physical activity.

Cavite Police Provincial Director Police Colonel Marlon Santos, during a brief interview in his office in Camp Pantaleon Garcia in Barangay Poblacion, Wednesday, April 7, 2021, said lectures and warnings are enough for those caught violating IATF guidelines.

This developed after Police Leautenant Colonel Marlo Solero, local police chief of General Trias City PNP and two SWAT members, were relieved from their posts over the death of curfew violator Darren Penaredondo.

In an interview, Solero denied that arrested curfew violators were asked to do pumping exercises. Such activity was pointed out as the cause of Peñaredondo’s death.

However, Santos said that two curfew violators who were held together with Peñaredondo confirmed that the police asked them to do pumping exercises in the city plaza.

PLt Col Solero and two GenTri SWAT members, who are currently on floating status here at the Cavite Police Provincial Office (CPPO) are facing administrative charges while the investigation is underway. It is also possible that they will be charged with criminal cases once the relatives of the deceased curfew violator Darren Peñaredondo file a formal complaint. He was (PLtCol Solero) gentleman enough to face the consequences of his action, regarding his dismissal of his post,” said Santos.

General Trias City Deputy Chief of Police, Police Major Robert Dimapilis has taken over as acting chief of police of the locality.