MANILA, Philippines – A Filipina seafarer of a cruise ship docked in Barbados took her own life while awaiting repatriation to the Philippines amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
The sad news was reported by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. on his Twitter account on Thursday (June 11).
It is my sad duty to report that a 28-year old female mariner committed suicide in her cabin in the ship where she's had to stay because repatriation flights back to the Philippines have been suspended again. I know our quarantine facilities are jam-packed; just don't know why.— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) June 11, 2020
The 28 year old female mariner, who locsin identified as Mariah Jocson, committed suicide in her cabin on board M/V Harmony of the Seas last Tuesday (June 9) where she had to stay because repatriation flights back to the Philippines had been suspended again.
RIP. Ms. Mariah Jocson took her life onboard Harmony of the Seas where crew detained awaiting PH repeatedly rescinded repatriation. Second suicide. We are tartly reminded that Filipino resilience is no excuse to stretch them to breaking point. Di sila goma; tao sila.— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) June 11, 2020
Jocson is the second overseas Filipino who committed suicide amid the pandemic.
Last month, a Filipina household service worker in Lebanon also took her life amid the pandemic as she was also waiting for repatriation to the Philippines.
Malacañang expressed sympathy over the death of Jocson and assured that investigation is being undertaken by concerned authorities.
Likewise, Presidential Spokesman Secretary Harry Roque said in a statement that Malacañang already ordered concerned agencies to check and look after the mental welfare of Filipinos affected by the crisis.
“We ask relevant agencies of the government to look into the mental anguish of those adversely impacted by the COVID-19. The worldwide pandemic is taking an emotional toll on everyone and we must help our countrymen cope with stress, fear and worry in this challenging time,” Roque said.
He added that the government is currently doing its best efforts to fast-track the repatriation of OFWs from countries with confirmed coronavirus cases.
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