The news about a Maasinhon who jumped off the Philippines’ tallest bridge, the Agas-Agas Bridge in Sogod, Southern Leyte , caused a stir on facebook yesterday as friends and family tried to check the the veracity of Lowela Agero’s death.
No one dared to post it on their facebook wall so all forms of communication regarding the subject were done through private messages and instant chat until SLT posted it in their wall as breaking news.
Lowela’s facebook account which is open to the public was immediately filled with posts from her friends who can’t believe she would end her life in her own hands.
According to her facebook friends, who happen to be a mutual friends of this blogger, she asked a few friends to join her for a quick joyride to Agas-Agas bridge without them knowing about her real intentions.
Her friends tried to persuade her not to jump but she pushed them away and took the last step.
Lowela was 20 years old.
A story posted on Yahoo’s Fit to Post website about her death being the the first ever suicide at the Philippines’ tallest bridged caused a stir of bantering comments from site visitors too.
The post entitled First Casualty in PH’s Tallest Bridge by Ruevivar “Wowie” Reyes of the Southern Leyte Times said that:
Many Southern Leytenos who attended Aguero’s wake said that such a waste of life could have been prevented if proper safety precautions were built on the bridge.
Many sectors now in Southern Leyte have expressed their concerns after the death of Aguero on the bridge’s inadequate safety measures for the public and also the bridge’s lack of security from any terrorist attack.
These are the comments:
KASALANAN YAN SA TAONG GUSTONG MAGPAKAMATAY. KAHIT ILANG RAILINGS PA ANG I INSTALL KONG GUSTOHIN MONG MAGPATIWAKAL JOGOGS OR TIGOKS KA TALAGA. DONT BLAME THE CONTRACTOR. BLAME THOSE WHO ARE OUT OF THEIR SANITY. KAWAWA ANG BRIDGE NAPAGBINTANGAN DAHIL SA KAGAGUHAN NG IILAN. KAILAN BA KAYO MAGISING SA KATUTUHANAN? SO ANONG BALAK NYO NGAYON? BAKIT HINDI NALANG I DEMOLISH ANG BRIDGE AT BALIK KAYO SA DATING LAND-SLIDE PRONE ROAD DADAAN? SEGURO IYON ANG BAGAY SA INYO? TOTAL SANAY NA KAYO NYAN DIBA? ~ Nexl Bienes
…next time we construct a bridge we hire engineers PLUS a team of psychologists
only in the PH
now DPWH = department of public works and highways
later DPWH = department of psychological works and highways
it’s true. my family hails from Sogod and I visited the bridge just last year. the bridge railings are tall enough to keep people safe and bold warnings are visible even for someone with blurred vision to read. if a person has an ultimate plan to jump off that bridge and end his/her life, she will really find a way to do it regardless if you will surround the bridge with security guards or with 2 story high railings.
the concern should have been focused on the cause of such suicide, not the Agas agas ~Gigi
kalurkey naman tong article na to! hoy nagpatiwakal yon kaya bakit nyo sisisihin yong walang kamuwang-muwang na tulay. dapat inalam muna nila bakit nagpatiwakal yon, hindi yong ura-urada manisi sa tulay…kawawang tulay~kate
I too am from Southern Leyte but I do disagree on people who suggest that we build more railings. If one wishes to kill himself, he’ll really kill himself. I guess the author interviewed people who haven’t been to the bridge at all or perhaps those who would like to put a blame on something or someone when something bad happens.
Yep, lots of something on this post. And yep, I realized that I’m blogging about a post. This is not a news source folks, this is a blog. heheh
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