Church alarmed by series of suicide cases

By: Jomarie A. Billones

ROXAS CITY, Capiz – The Catholic Church here raised alarm over the series of suicide cases in the province.

The latest case is a gay woman who committed suicide by hanging herself evening of July 9, 2019 inside their house at Mckinley Ilaya Street, Barangay 1 here.

Rhea (not her real name) and her sibling were staying in the house of an aunt. The victim was a native of Mindanao and worked in a computer shop here.

According to her friends, Rhea was heartbroken after breaking up with her girlfriend.

Last Sunday, the Archdiocese of Capiz issued a pastoral letter which was read during holy masses in the whole province.

The pastoral letter informed the public about the sanctity of life.

Monsignor Cyril Villareal, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Capiz and rector of the Colegio de la Purisima Concepcion, said that even Capiz archbishop Monsignor Jose Advincula Jr. was alarmed by the recent spate of suicide cases.

He said no one has the right to put an end to life because only God has the right to do so.

Some of the reasons why a person commits suicide are lack of support from family, loneliness, bullying, and personal problems.

Villareal hopes that the school would serve as an extension of homes and help desperate persons.

Last week, a person also committed suicide by hanging.

An 18-year-old man from Brgy. Cabugao hanged himself with the use of a telephone cable tied to a mango tree.

The victim left a suicide note claiming that he took his life after learning his girlfriend had another lover.

Last Saturday, a 46-year-old man also hanged himself to death at Brgy. Ilas Sur, Dao town.

Ricky (not his real name) was found by his mother Flordeliza hanging in an abandoned house, some 60 meters away from their home. (Photo Courtesy: Archdiocese of Capiz)