Woman commits suicide in Ortigas building

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 13 2012 09:59 AM | Updated as of Nov 14 2012 03:54 AM

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – A woman died after jumping off a building in Ortigas, Pasig City on Tuesday morning.

Initial police report said the woman, identified as Josephine Maranan, jumped off the rooftop of the 27-floor Prestige Tower located along Garnet Road in Barangay San Antonio at around 9 a.m.

Maranan, 45, was a resident of Sampaloc, Manila and an employee of a spare parts company. A visitor's pass of the Prestige Tower was found in her possession.

Barangay authorities said some building personnel tried but failed to stop the woman from jumping off the building. The building employees said Maranan was acting hysterical before the incident.

"Ang nangyari, ayon sa administration ng building, kinausap nila pero tumalon na daw. Nakausap daw ng OIC ng gwardya nila, pinipigil nila at nagsisisigaw na. Ang sabi wag daw silang lumapit tapos tumalon na," said barangay official Melvin Villaruz.

Jason Magsino, an employee from a nearby building, said he was about to cross the road when the woman fell in front of him.

"Bale patawid na ako ng kalsada, may bumagsak sa akin akala ko basura lang. Ang kasabay noon ay isang putok na malakas, parang putok ng gulong," Magsinoc said.

The woman was beyond recognition, as she got decapitated after the fall, and her body was mangled.

Authorities have yet to determine the reason behind Maranan's suicide. – report from Arnell Ozaeta, dzMM