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Youth commits suicide inside mall

IMUS, Cavite, Philippines – A depressed youth committed suicide by jumping from a high 4th level area of a mall in this town, police said Friday.

In a report to Senior Supt. John C. Bulalacao, Cavite Police Provincial Office (PPO) director, Supt. Hersan H. Mojica, Imus police chief, identified the fatality as Adrian L. Hidalgo, 20, a resident of 316 Golf Street, Silver Homes Classic, Barangay Mambog I, Bacoor, Cavite, and a student of Informatics Center at the 4th floor of the mall in Tanzang Luma III.

Hidalgo died on the spot after he leaped from the rail of the mall’s 4th floor area. He sustained severe head and body injuries.

Detective Dennis L. Magsaysay said the victim was identified by his mother Gemma D. Hidalgo, 47, and his relatives at the morgue.

Magsaysay, citing a report of relatives, claimed that Hidalgo had been getting medical attention for the last three years due to depression.

Hidalgo was described as “tahimik na bata” (silent-type youth). Masaysay said that Hidalgo, who wore a black framed-eyeglasses, black t-shirt, a pair of maong pants and Havaianas slippers, was seen roaming in the floor area before he jumped from the railing at 12:24 noon Thursday, based on the CCTV (closed-circuit television) recorder.

It was the second suicide incident that was reported in Cavite in 14 hours. Last Wednesday night, a male patient died after he jumped from the window of an intensive care unit (ICU) room at the 4th floor of a hospital in General Trias town. (Anthony Giron)