TACLOBAN CITY– A 38-year-old man in Naval, Biliran was found dead due to apparent suicide on January 8, making him the fifth resident in Eastern Visayas to have killed themselves within a week.

The victim was identified as an employee of an electric cooperative and a resident of Barangay Caraycaray of the said town.

Authorities said that he was found hanging with the use of rope tied around his neck.
On January 7, a 63-year-old jobless man was also found hanging using a nylon rope around his neck at Brgy. Jubasan, Allen, Northern Samar.

Three more incidents of apparent suicide were reported by police authorities from January 1 to 4 at Brgy. Viena Maria, Catubig, Northern Samar; Brgy.Taguite, Babatngon, Leyte; and Brgy. Poblacion 2, Daram, Samar.

The victims were identified as a 27-year-old farmer, a 31-year- old jobless resident, and another 20-year-old man, respectively.

Authorities said most of the victims showed depressive behavior before the incidents, citing the statements from victims’ families and relatives.

Police are conducting follow-up investigations.

Individuals suffering from depression and needing such assistance may call HopeLine Hotlines at (02) 804-HOPE (4673); 0917 558 HOPE (4673); and 2919 (toll-free number for all GLOBE and TM subscribers).