Pinoy technician jumps to death in Riyadh

By JP Aleta, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau

Posted at Jul 18 2014 11:17 AM | Updated as of Jul 19 2014 02:54 AM

SAUDI ARABIA – An overseas Filipino worker died after jumping off the rooftop of a building in Riyadh.

The fatality was identified as Michael Villacojer, a technician at Remal al Sawahel. The victim was said to have jumped from the rooftop of their 3-storey housing villa in the morning of July 3.

"Yung kanya mukha ay medyo deformed na. Unang tingin ko, pangalawang tingin, hindi ko talaga makilala. Bale yung kasama nya sa kwarto, si Jun, ang unang nakakilala dahil sa kanyang jogging pants na suot," said Roel Dela Rosa, project engineer and immediate superior of the victim.

Two Saudi nationals said they saw Villacojer jump with his eyes blindfolded.

"Kasi nakikita mo naman yung dingding na pinagtalunan halos 5 feet yan. At saka imposibleng mahulog yan na aksidente," said Dela Rosa.

The Cebu native had only been working in Saudi Arabia for eight months. His housemates described him to be hardworking and helpful to others.

"Yun lang ang problema sa kanya, tahimik at hindi masyado nagsasalita. Kapag di mo siya kinakausap, di rin siya magsasalita," said his roommate, Jesus Hermita.

Dela Rosa added, "Wala akong nababalitaan o nakita na may nakasamaan ng loob na posibleng nakaaway".

However, before the incident happened, his roommates said Villacojer was acting strangely.

"Isang linggo bago yung pangyayaring yun, nagpaalam siya na nagpapalipat siya sa ibang building kasi meron siyang nakikitang mga multo, mga paranormal na hindi naman maipaliwanag ng ibang kasama nya," explained Dela Rosa.

"Di na siya kumakain, lagi na siyang balisa. Kapag madaling araw lagi na siyang gumising," added Hermita.

According to the embassy's Assistance to Nationals Section, there were 15 cases of suicide reported in the central and eastern region from January to July of this year.