Upset over illness, village councilor dies by suicide inside hotel room

By Marisol Bo-oc | 10:38 PM August 31, 2023

Upset over his prolonged illness and treatment cost, a barangay councilor who was supposed to run for village chairman
checked into an inn in Tagbilaran City and allegedly died by suicide Tuesday.

The suicide, according to reports, was the latest in a string of suicides in the province.

Michael (not his real name to protect his family) who was an incumbent councilor of a village in Loon town in Loon, had filed his candidacy for village chairman before the sad incident.

The 51-year-old, according to what was reconstructed, stayed in an inn in Tagbilaran City when he drank from a bottle of muriatic acid. He felt ill immediately and died.

He left a purported suicide note, stating that he was “upset” over his illness and treatment cost and didn’t wish to burden his family.

Police said no foul play is suspected so far and they are questioning family and friends.

Lifelines of support
If you are having suicidal thoughts and/or a mental health crisis, do not hesitate to call for help. Contact Laum Bohol at Globe – 09950682070 / 09950682068; Smart – 09284322550 / 09284322511.

Tawag Paglaum- 0939937 5433 / 09399365433 / 09276541629.

The National Center for Mental Health Crisis Hotlines are 0917-899-8727 and 0917-899-USAP / 989-8727 / 989-USAP.

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