‘Anti-suicide’ cops stop 2nd woman from jumping

JUST three days after the police prevented a 16-year-old girl from jumping off the Marcelo Fernan Bridge, a 28-year-old woman attempted to take her own life on Wednesday night, Aug. 21, 2019.

For the second time around, the Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) personnel came to the rescue. They saw her and persuaded her not to jump off the bridge which links the cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu.

In another development, the Mandaue City Government has ordered the tanods of barangays near the bridge to help police monitor persons with suicidal tendencies.

The City will request Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia to establish suicide hotlines so the medical personnel could respond to any suicide bid fast.

As to the adult woman’s attempted suicide, MCPO Director Jonathan Abella said his personnel saw her sobbing while walking along the bridge. When she reached the center of the bridge, she tried to jump.

The MCPO personnel approached her, then they calmed her. The woman confessed she had problems with her family before she decided to head to the Marcelo Fernan Bridge.

After listening to the police’s advice, she agreed to go home. The police accompanied the woman.

Describing the suicide attempts at the bridge as alarming, Abella ordered his personnel to conduct regular patrols.

Last Sunday morning, Aug. 18, the body of a 16-year-old male student-athlete was found floating in the Mactan Channel. His suicide jump at the Marcelo Fernan Bridge was captured by a security camera. Later in the evening, on the same day, a 16-year-old girl attempted to jump off the bridge; the police talked her out of it. (from ANV of Superbalita Cebu/KAL)


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