Kristel and the UP Dream

This paper is a continuation of my article, “Self-Destruction: The Question of Suicide and the Tendency to Harm Oneself” (GetRealPhilippines.COM and Blog Watch Citizen Media, March 19 and the Human Rights Online Philippines, March 22). Last Wednesday, a freshman student from the University of the Philippines-Manila ended her life, two days after “she was forced […]

Self-Destruction: The Question of Suicide and the Tendency to Harm One’s Self

How do people kill themselves? According to Wikipedia: “Suicide (Latin suicidium, from sui caedere, “to kill oneself”) is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death”. The following are the usual reasons and often quoted factors given, why an individual commits suicide: “…is committed out of despair or attributed to some underlying mental disorder, such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, alcoholism, or drug abuse. Pressures or misfortunes such […]

Senseless suicide: Did the University of the Philippines kill Kristel Tejada?

Tragic is the only thing that accurately describes the way student Kristel Tejada ended her life at 16 over an inability to pay tuition fees due to the University of the Philippines (UP) where she was enrolled in a Behavioural Science course. As to the conclusions that were drawn from all that, debatable is the […]