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UP Manila Student commits Suicide

Written By Real Kevin Jay on Monday, March 18, 2013 | 5:48 PM

The University of the Philippines campus in Manila. (Photo from UP Manila website)

A student in a state university in Manila was found dead Friday morning, with reports floating the possibility of suicide over financial constraints.
 
Kristel Tejada, 16, a freshman Behavioral Science student at the University of the Philippines Manila, killed herself at around 7 a.m. Mar. 15, the Manila Collegian said via Facebook.
 
UP Manila's official student publication added that "financial constraints may have triggered the suicide as Tejada was forced to file for leave of absence (LOA) last Wednesday."
 
Tejada is the eldest of five children of a taxi driver and a housewife, the Manila Collegian said.

A university professor meanwhile earlier said Tejada had filed for leave of absence due to UP Manila's "no late payment" policy.
 
"[S]tudents are advised to file LOA if they failed to meet the deadline of tuition payment," UP Manila Prof. Carl Marc Ramota said via Facebook.
 
The "no late payment" and "forced LOA" policies have been called "anti-student" since their implementation last year.
 
The new rules have also been slammed for failing to ease students' financial burden amid recent tuition hikes in the university.

Reached by Yahoo! Southeast Asia, the UP Manila's Information, Publication and Public Affairs Office (IPPAO) refused to provide details or comment on the incident.
 
Administration officials are still confirming reports and are set to meet, IPPAO said, adding that a probe will likely be launched.
 
UP Student Regent Cleve Arguelles, for his part, said he was "saddened by the news [but] still outraged by the policy."
 
"The case of Kristel Tejada was not a suicide," Arguelles said via Facebook Friday.
 
"She was killed by the system--a system that refuses to recognize that education is a right, that life is measured in your capacity to pay," he added.

4 comments:

  1. Kristel
    (For Kristel Tejada)

    By Apolinario Villalobos

    Isang batang may payak na pangarap
    Na parang bulang nawala sa isang iglap
    Piniling wakasan ang mahalagang buhay
    Hindi niya nakayanan ang bigat ng lumbay.

    Sa YUPI* nag-aral SANA bilang iskolar
    Kaya sa murang gulang, sipag ay pinairal
    Subali’t iba kung humagupit ang kahirapan
    Taglay na talino, di pinahalagahan ng paaralan.

    Kung ituring siya ay iskolar dapat ng bayan
    Subali’t ni minsan, ito’y di niya naramdaman
    Sa murang gulang, laging nagtatanong, may luha
    “Makapag-aral lang, bakit kailangan pang magdusa”?

    Mga magulang, sa kanila’y di nagkulang ni minsan -
    Sa kanilang magkakapatid, na nakitaan ng katalinuhan
    Ang amang paminsan-minsan may naipapasadang taksi
    Palaging dasal na sana malakas ang kita, may perang maiuwi.

    Binayarang pagka-iskolar sa kabila ng kanilang kahirapan
    Obligasyong ni sa hinagap ng magulang ay di tatakbuhan
    Subali’t sa napakaliit na dahilang naantala ang pagbayad nila
    May pinagawa pang “letter of repentance”, wala ring halaga!

    Bakit ang isang Kristel, kailangan pang sa mundo’y mawala
    Maipakita lang na nangingibabaw sa mundo, pagkagahaman sa pera?
    Nasaan ang puso, pang-unawa, at damdamin ng mga taong iniluklok?
    Na sana’y makakaagapay, o talaga kayang sagad sa buto na ang pagkahayok?

    *University of the Philippines-Manila.

    (Nayanig ang Pilipinas sa balitang may isang batang nagpatiwakal gamit ang lasong panlinis ng pilak. Hindi daw makapagpatuloy ng pag-aaral dahil walang pambayad sa matrikula. May mga nagsisi sa mga magulang na nagpabaya, may mga nagsabi na mababaw na dahilan ang pagpapakamatay. Sa banding huli, nalaman na may pambayad naman pala, nguni’t naantala lamang kaya hindi tinanggap ng paaralan. May nagsabi pa na nanikluhod ang ina sa chancellor ng paaralan subalit wala ring nangyari, pati na ang pagpapasulat ng “letter of repentance” (na ewan kung ano ito, bakit hindi na lang promissory note). Sa isang batang batang may pangarap sa buhay at alam niyang kaya niyang abutin ito dahil sa paniniwala sa taglay niyang talino, ang sama ng loob ay hindi niya kayang isigaw. Sa murang edad, siya ay hindi pa nalalantad sa masalimuot na buhay sa mundo – na kailangan mong maging palaban at matapang upang malampasan ang mga pagsubok. Sa malumanay na pananalita ng ina, mararamdaman ang kababaan niya ng loob na maaring ginamit niya sa paghubog sa kanilang mga anak, kasama na si Kristel.)



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  2. change the fucking policy assholes,,its your fault people to this shit,,,,,,,

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  3. Sorry to say that this suicidal act is a sign of weakness.Let us not put the blame to anybody or any institution. Palakihin natin ang ating mga anak na may pananampalataya. Faith is our last resource and the only thing that will hold us in times of troubles.
    Tayo ang magmamaneho sa ating buhay at tayo ang responsable sa lahat ng ating mga gawa. God bless us all.

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  4. I understand UP President Alfredo Pascual has released a statement to the effect that he has been doing quite a few things about tuition fee problems at UP. I say, not enough. Read my new essay, "UP Must Die!" in my blog "Frank A Hilario" (blogspot.com).

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