Online outrage erupts over student suicide

Anna Isabel C. Rodriguez
'UP Manila' and 'LOA' become trending topics on Twitter as netizens react to the news of a UP student taking her life on account of tuition

MANILA, Philippines – Social media was abuzz on Friday, March 15, after news of a UP Manila student, who took her life over problems related to tuition payments broke out.

The Philippine Collegian quoted professor Andrea Bautista Martinez of the Department of Behavioral Sciences as saying the student frequented the Office of Student Services to seek counseling.

She killed herself a few days after filing a leave of absence on March 13. “[Pagkatapos niyang mag-file], nakapag-usap kami [sa text] at sinabi niyang malungkot siya at napakalaki ng epekto sa buhay niya at ng pamilya niya ng pag-LOA niya,” Martinez told the Philippine Collegian. (After she filed a leave of absence, we texted each other and she told me how sad she was and how much her taking an LOA affected her life and her family.)

UP students are issued notices to file a leave of absence (FLOA) if they fail to meet the deadline for payment of tuition.

Martinez was also quoted by the Manila Collegian as saying, “Since February, hindi na siya pumapasok. Lagi siyang nagte-text sa ’kin na hindi niya kinakaya ang problema.” (Since February, she has not been going to school. She was always texting me, telling me she couldn’t handle the problem.)

Netizens reacted to the news of her death making “UP Manila” and “LOA”  trending topics on Twitter in the country. See below:


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