Police rescue foreign medical student from suicide attempt

AN INDIAN national who is studying medicine in a local university tried to take his own life inside a convenience store along Gov. M. Cuenco Avenue in Cebu City.

The incident took place around 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.

Based on the initial investigation, the victim entered the convenient store with a long dagger and started shouting.

This terrified workers and customers, who thought they’d be attacked and held hostage.

However, instead of harming them, the foreigner started slashing himself.

Moments later, members of the Mobile Patrol Unit arrived and were quick to grab the weapon from the victim.

According to Lieutenant Colonel Janette Rafter, deputy director for operations of the Cebu City Police Office, the victim was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Rafter said the convenient store’s management decided not to file a complaint after learning that the victim was suffering from depression and was trying to grab the attention of his parents back in India.

“Apparently, the victim is a regular customer. That’s why management asked the Mabolo Police Station for assistance. As of now, he has been turned over to the person in charge of his dormitory,” Rafter said in Cebuano.

The incident was captured on the convenience store’s surveillance camera. The footage was uploaded on social media and has become viral.

If you are having suicidal thoughts and/or mental health crisis, do not hesitate to call for help. These are the Hopeline and National Center for Mental Health Crisis Hotline in the Philippines: Hopeline PH's 24/7 hotlines: 0917-558-4673 (Globe) 0918-873-4673 (Smart) 02-88044673 (PLDT) 2919 (toll-free for Globe and TM).

For the National Center for Mental Health Crisis Hotline, they can be contacted through; 0917-899-8727 and 0917-899-USAP / 989-8727 / 989-USAP. (AYB, PJB)