First Posted 16:03:00 07/03/2015
Last Updated 07:51:00 07/04/2015
“ Abi nako dili sya mag hikog, abi nako komedya ra iyang sulti. Iya diay gitinuod”- Emma Lugagay
My husband killed himself, tied a cord around his neck, and leap to his death. Done, Irreversible.
NOTE: We have removed the blurred photo of a suicide that we had posted here in deference to the request of the family and interested parties who invoked privacy issues. We apologize for any discomfort that this may have caused. But we will retain the narrative of the report we had posted. This event is legitimate news.
John E. Lugagay 51 years old, a sikad (trike) driver was found dead by hanging ;with a rope on his neck by his 12 year old son, Mar John Lugagay inside their home at San Roque St., Barangay Larrazabal, Naval, Biliran He is survived by his wife and eight children.
According to the police investigation, the victim confided his problems to her daughter Maredete Lugagay . The latter said that her father was hurt when his wife left him and that it was better to take his own life. His father suspected that her mother had another man, as she never returned his calls.
The wife, Emma Lugagay said that her late husband was never in favor of her working in Manila, but she was persistent and he eventually gave her permission to leave. The victim was even there to wish her goodbye when she left, but after a few days her husband begged her to come back. She told him that she will return in a month , so that she can earn money to pay for her debts and her fare.
“ Paulion daw ko niya, kay dili niya kaya na wala ko. Ingon sya mag pa abot sya nako” – Emma Lugagay
A fellow sikad driver, Nardo Hamot told us that the victim doesn’t have any vices. However the site of the incident revealed a half empty Tanduay bottle. The Naval Police Station will continue their investigation to rule out foul play.
Suicide by Hanging
Suicide by hanging is the act of intentionally killing oneself via suspension from an anchor-point or ligature point (e.g. an overhead beam or hook) by a ligature or by jumping from a height with a noose around the neck. (wikipedia.com)
Hanging is avery simple suicide method that does not require complicated techniques. It is one of the most commonly used suicide methods and has a high mortality rate; Gunnell et al. gives a figure of at least 70 percent. The materials required are easily available, and a wide range of ligatures can be used. Because of this, it is considered a difficult method to prevent. In theInternational Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, suicides by hanging are classified under the code X70: “Intentional self-harm by hanging, strangulation, and suffocation.”[ (wikipedia.com)
An autopsy of a hanged body will often reveal neck markings. The nature of these depends on the type of noose. Few or no marks may be found with a noose made of a soft material like bed sheets. A rope or cord noose will, however, leave a deep furrow, often with accompanying abrasions and contusions. Hanging from a high suspension point leaves diagonal marks on the neck like an inverted V, which do not run around the full circumference of the neck. The point where the noose meets the vertical part of the rope is pulled up and away from the body and does not leave a mark on the neck. This can be used to distinguish a hanging from a manual strangulation. However, in a hanging from a low suspension point, the marks on the neck tend to be horizontal rather than diagonal and may look more characteristic of a manual strangulation. (encyclopedia.com)
Trivia from Around the World (samaritan.co.uk)
• 75% of all suicides are committed by men
• suicide rates around the world are slowly increasing
• The number of attempts is rising more significantly
• The most likely group to attempt suicide are young women between 15 and 19 years.
• About 25% of the population personally know someone who committed suicide.
• Factors found to be associated with attempted suicide are : single , marital status (including divorced/widowed); unemployment; social deprivation; history of physical or sexual abuse; alcohol and drug problems; social isolation ; eating disorders (females only)
Warning Signs of a Suicidal Person (www.save.org.net)
These signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. Risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss or change.
• Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself.
• Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun.
• Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
• Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
• Talking about being a burden to others.
• Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
• Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
• Sleeping too little or too much.
• Withdrawn or feeling isolated.
• Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
• Displaying extreme mood swings.
Additional Warning Signs of Suicide
• Preoccupation with death.
• Suddenly happier, calmer.
• Loss of interest in things one cares about.
• Visiting or calling people to say goodbye.
• Making arrangements; setting one’s affairs in order.
• Giving things away, such as prized possessions.
Suicide Philippines (rappler.com/06/09/14)
Dr Dinah Nadera, a psychiatrist and professor of the University of the Philippines Open University stated: “The Philippines is cited to have one of the lowest male (2.5) and female suicide rates (1.7 per 100,000) in the Western Pacific Region. Many attribute this data to the Filipinos’ grounding in the Catholic faith, natural resiliency, and gregariousness as a people and as a nation.
“Connectedness” as being preventive for suicide is a concept that needs no proof in the Philippines. Filipinos are known for close family ties, extended family structure, and as residents of a nation of connections, as the Philippines is known as the texting (SMS) capital of the world. She also noted that having close friends is one protective factor in suicide prevention.