City police sounds alarm over suicide cases

By Jennifer P. Rendon


The Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) has expressed alarm on another suicide incident that happened March 23.

But Colonel Uldarico Garbanzos, Iloilo City police director, said they could only do so much, since these cases should be viewed from a holistic approach.

On Tuesday, a 17-year-old boy allegedly took his own life in Molo, Iloilo City.

His older brother found the victim hanging inside their house at Barangay North Baluarte around 9:10 p.m.

Major Marlyn Roquero, Molo police chief, said the Grade 11 boy did not leave any note or message to indicate what could have triggered him to take his own life.

He only mentioned to his brother that his girlfriend’s father and sibling restricted him from going to their house when they are not around.

The day before the incident, he also told his friends that he might not be able to return to their “tambayan” anymore.

The day before that, a 24-year-old man also died of apparent suicide.

Jan-Jan (not his real name) also hanged himself.

His live-in partner discovered his body around 1:30 p.m. on Monday at their rented house at Barangay Taal, Molo.

Last month, a man also took his own life on the day of his birthday at Sta. Rosa, Mandurriao district.

His body was found in the comfort room of their workplace barracks.

It was gathered that a “love problem” triggered alias Lloyd, a native of Bantayan, Cebu, to take his own life.

In January, a 22-year-old male college student also died by suicide.


The Department of Health has constantly reminded those who have problems or those who knew individuals who are at risk of committing suicides that they could seek help mental health crisis intervention:

The suicide prevention hotline of the Center for Health Development – Western Visayas: 




WVSUMC – 3202431 loc. 162 or 209


WVMC – 3211797 loc. 186


PMHU – 5298109