MANILA - (UPDATED) NLEX guard Mark Cardona was rushed to the hospital on Sunday after he overdosed on pills in an apparent attempt to commit suicide.
According to Cardona's sister Rowena, the basketball player is at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the University of Perpetual Help Hospital in Las Piñas after his vital signs started to stabilize.
Rowena asked his brother's supporters to continue praying for Cardona's recovery.
"Ang huling nasabi lang po niya sa akin, 'Ate hindi ko na kaya.' Nagpapaalam siya... Nararamdaman ko na may balak siyang gawin sa sarili niya," Rowena said in an interview on DZMM, recalling her last conversation with her brother.
Cardona was arrested after his partner Bianca Jackes complained of domestic violence.
Rowena denied Cardona aimed a gun at Jackes, saying the cager does not own a gun.
"Isa iyon sa ikina-depress sa kapatid ko na nag-trigger sa kanya na gawin 'to sa sarili niya. Sarili naman niya ang sinaktan niya," Rowena said.
NLEX Road Warriors team manager Ronal Dulatre appealed to the public for privacy for Cardona and his family at this time.
"We urge the public to allow Macmac (Cardona) and his family to have privacy at this difficult time," Dulatre said in a statement sent to ABS-CBN News.
The NLEX Road Warriors management also pledged to assist the embattled basketball player.
"Macmac is part of the NLEX Road Warriors team. We are providing whatever assistance he needs from us during this time," he added.
Meanwhile, a group in the Philippines is dedicated to addressing those who have suicidal tendencies.
The crisis hotlines of the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation aim to make those individuals feel that someone is ready to listen to them.
These are their hotline numbers:
Information and Crisis Intervention Center
(02) 804-HOPE (4673)
0917-558-HOPE (4673) or (632) 211-4550
0917-852-HOPE (4673) or (632) 964-6876
0917-842-HOPE (4673) or (632) 964-4084
In Touch Crisis Lines:
0917-572-HOPE or (632) 211-1305
(02) 893-7606 (24/7)
(02) 893-7603 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
Globe (63917) 800.1123 or (632) 506.7314
Sun (63922) 893.8944 or (632) 346.8776
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