Distraught OFW allegedly commits suicide in Jeddah

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 18 2009 04:05 PM | Updated as of May 19 2009 03:27 AM

A 48-year-old Filipino migrant worker in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has allegedly committed suicide reportedly due to some financial problems.

The lifeless body of former bank employee Frederick Taclay was discovered hanging inside the comfort room of the flat he shared with friends.

According to one of his flat mates, he was supposed to use the comfort room on a Friday morning but found it locked. He waited for two hours but the occupant failed to come out of the comfort room.

“Kanina pa sarado ‘yong banyo. Nakuwan ko na may nangyari na. Pagkatok ko ng umaga hanggang sa mga oras na ‘yon sarado pa rin. Tiningnan namin uli talagang saradong-sarado,” Joe Feliz said.

Felix said they decided to call a guard to open the door. “Noong mabuksan ‘yong banyo, half open nakita ko nakasandal. Nakita ko nakabitin,” Felix said.

His roommates said that money matters could have led to the suicide of the native of Rizal. Taclay allegedly had outstanding bank credit card debts amounting to US$15,000 or more or less P700,000.

“Si Derek mabait at matulungin sa kaibigan at kapwa. Kahit sinong lumapit sa kanya parang hindi niya matanggihan. Masyado siyang mabait. Iyon ang nakita ko kay Derek. Napansin ko lagi na siyang nagkukulong sa kuwarto. Hindi ko na siya makausap itong huling nangyari sa kanya. Hindi siya nagsasalita,” said Joey Garcia.

His problems reportedly worsened when he allegedly resigned from his post in a bank hoping for a much bigger offer in another company. However, he became jobless for 10 months.

“Si Derek parang kapatid ko siya since nagkakilala kami sa bangko. Lahat ng problema niya sini-share niya sa akin. Puwede ka naman maghanap ng trabaho. Puwede mo namang bayaran ‘yon. Puwede ka namang humingi ng tulong kapwa o kapamilya mo kaysa mag-suicide ka,” said Abdulfatah Debarosah.

 

He reportedly became depressed when he allegedly heard nothing from the people whom he sought financial assistance from like Vice President Noli de Castro, Senator Manny Villar and even from Filipino boxing idol Manny Pacquiao.

“Kahit na anong klaseng problema hindi dapat gawin ‘yon. Kung ano yong problema dapat mag-isip para malutas. Kasi ang problema ay hindi mo maso-solve ng another na problema,” Felix added. Report from Francis Salud, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau