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Boat caretaker ‘kills self’ in Tagbilaran

Posted 8:20 p.m., Sept. 5, 2019

Updated as of 8:59 p.m.

A boat caretaker died after he allegedly hanged himself in Barangay Poblacion 2 in Tagbilaran City on Wednesday morning.

Jonnie Prieto Matonding, 32, a boat caretaker of Elson fishing boat, allegedly committed suicide using a rope tied to the propeller of an under repair fishing boat and the other end was being tied at the right arm and body of the victim, according to an initial report from the Tagbilaran police.

READ: Two men dead in apparent suicide in Tagbilaran City and Balilihan town

Matonding is a native from Barangay Lower Loboc, Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental.

In an investigation conducted by city police, the victim was reportedly depressed and problematic.

Prior to the incident, Matonding had breakfast at past 10 a.m. on Wednesday (Sept. 4) in a carenderia at the Causeway. There, he shared to the carenderia owner that he had a problem and planned to commit suicide.

READ: Boy, 10, kills self after mother’s scolding

The Department of Health (DOH) reminded the public, especially those who may have mental health issues, that they can get in touch with their 24/7 Tawag Paglaum to either help them unburden their emotional baggage or to seek professional help.

READ: Grade 10 student found hanging dead at home in Dauis

Tawag Paglaum can be reached via (0939) 937 5433 / (0939) 936 5433 / (0927) 654 1629.

Meanwhile, the 1st Mental Health Talk in Bohol will be held on September 15 at 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is free.

Visit Project Bohol: Mental Health Awareness on Facebook for the venue.

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