Two heartbroken lads committed suicide in two separate occasions, one on Wednesday inside his family’s home in Tubigon town, the other incident happened on Friday in the victim’s home in Calape, reports from the police said.
The incident attracted various reactions on social media, with netizens giving their two cents worth regarding the incident.
In separate police reports furnished to the media, the two suicide victims went through strained relationships with their respective significant others, apparently pushing them to the edge and commit suicide.
Kevin Murphy Nacario, 19, of barangay Cahayag, Tubigon, used a rope to hang himself in his room, according to the police.
Police immediately probed the case after the victim’s mother reported the incident at about 6:20 pm on Wednesday.
Police found a text message on the victim’s phone addressed to his ex-girlfriend.
An initial investigation by the police revealed the victim was depressed and heartbroken following a failed relationship.
The police report said the victim asked for forgiveness for what he had done to his ex-girlfriend and bade his farewell.
The report didn’t mention what the erstwhile distraught teenager did to his ex-girlfriend causing him to be bothered to the point of taking his own life.
The municipal doctor, Dr. Bob Bernabe Batausa, said there was no indication of foul play in the reported suicide incident.
He declared the victim already dead for at least two hours. The victim died from asphyxia due to strangulation, said the doctor who did the examination.
On the other hand, the father of the victim in Calape town reported to the police at around 11 p.m. on Friday that his son apparently committed suicide.
The victim Joliver Aleria, 20, of Barangay Cabayugan, Calape, was found hanging from a beam in the dining area by his father.
A report said the victim’s father just got home after engaging in a drinking session when he discovered the lifeless body of his son hanging from the rafter with a nylon rope tied around the neck.
Police said the father told them the victim might have taken his own life due to jealousy.
A medical professional examined the body of the victim and declared no foul play, the report said.
Tubigon is a major port town in Bohol and located about 49 kilometers north of capital Tagbilaran City.
Calape, on the other hand, is a bustling town, located 40 kilometers away from Tagbilaran City.
Trends can be negative or positive, and one of the upward trends today is the rise of the number of suicide cases reported in the province.
People, as young as 14 years old and as elderly as 71 years old had taken their own life, for various reasons, based on several reports received by the media.
Several netizens on the Bohol Tribune Facebook page expressed concern about the increase in the incidents of suicides reported.
According to CNN Philippines, close to 800,000 die every year and more people attempt to commit suicide.
The World Health Organization in 2017 reported the age-standardized suicide rate for the Philippines is about 5.8 percent in males and 1.9 percent for females. The rate for both sexes is 3.8 percent.
The rate is basedon the number of cases affected per sample size of 100,000 people.
According to the WHO fact sheet for 2017, suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15 to 29-year-olds, and 78 percent of global suicides occur in low and middle-income countries.
Globally the most common methods to commit suicide are ingestion of pesticides, hanging and firearm use.
It is a depressing thought that most of the suicide in the Philippines may have been prevented if there had been proper intervention.
Like most places in the country, Bohol does not have a suicide prevention program,and even the national suicide prevention program has been largely ignored,or most people don’t know such as thing exists.
Back in 2016, the Department of Health, together with the World Health Organization and the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation launched Hopeline, a 24/7 suicide prevention hotline.
However, in July 2017, Rappler, the online news organization, reported that Hopeline has been receiving flaks from netizens for its alleged inaccessibility.
The country needs to bolster its ability to respond to people with depression and low self-esteem that most likely to end up in suicide.
Help is needed more in the countryside where counseling on matters such as contemplating to commit suicide is hard to come by.
Dr. Gia Sison told CNN Philippines that no one will ever know if a person is contemplating to commit suicide or not. If you are sensitive enough, Sison said there are warning signs.
Suicide may seem to be a social deviation, but for people who are desperate, it is a move to address or solve a problem. It may even represent a desire to make things better or to correct what is wrong, said Sison. (DSA)