First Posted 23:32:00 07/17/2015
Last Updated 17:18:00 07/19/2015

The latest suicide victim in Biliran is a fisherman.

Roberto Marahay Sacedor, 48- year old, male, married, and a resident of Sitio Bangcusay, Brgy. Agpangi, Naval, Biliran committed suicide by hanging himself with a rope from a caimito tree at the back of their house on 17 July 2015. He is survived by his wife and children.


Roberto, with no permanent work and did occasional fishing for a living, was said to be suffering from tuberculosis. Friends and relatives reported that he allegedly refused treatment and was embarrassed by the stigma associated with the disease. Some neighbors noted that he was also suffering from depression after his wife left for Manila. He had no known relatives in the barangay.


Witnesses noted that the suicide victim headed to the back of their house just before sunset. His body was found hanging at around 7 in the evening.

The Philippine National Police – Naval Station, headed by SPO2 Alan E. Delis, PD, verified the suicide report by a concerned citizen and listed of the case as suicide by intent.


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