Man attempts to jump off old Mandaue-Mactan bridge due to ‘family problems’

By: Doris C. Bongcac - Editor/CDN Digital | April 20,2021 - 12:28 PM

| Photo courtesy of Junard “Ahong” Chan

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu – Citing unresolved “family problems,” a 28-year-old man attempted to jump off from the Osmeña Bridge, more known as the old Mandaue-Mactan Bridge, on Tuesday morning, April 20, 2021.

The man was saved by rescuers from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), who spoke to him and convinced him to forgo his suicide attempt.

The rescue operation, which started shortly after 8 a.m., lasted for about an hour and caused temporary disruption of traffic flow at the old bridge.

“Atong nasuta nga adunay problema sa pamilya ang maong lalaki ug naabot na sa punto nga di na niya makaya ang gibug-aton sa iyang gihambin nga suliran,” Chan said.

(We found out that he had family problems and it reached a point that he could no longer stand these problems.)

Shortly after the rescue operation, Mayor Junard Chan announced the city’s plan to offer free consultation to individuals who need someone to talk to to air out their concerns and other grievances.

“Akong panawagan sa mga Oponganon nga dili gayud tukma nga sulosyon ang pagkutlo sa imong kinabuhi kay ang problema lumalabay ra. Adunay kasulbaran ang tanan basta ato kining isalig sa Labawng Makagagahum. Ayaw lang gyud kamo kalimot sa pagsampit Kaniya,” he said.

(I am asking Oponganons not to resort to committing suicide because this is not a solution to our problems. We will find a solution for as long as we surrender everything to the Lord Almighty. Just don’t forget to call Him for help.)

Chan said that he has directed Annabeth Cuizon, head of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), to come up wit a program on how her office can offer free counselling to Oponganons who are feeling stressed or depressed.

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Here are photos from the rescue operation:

Mandaue-Mactan bridge

Mandaue-Mactan bridge

** Those facing huge personal problems or experiencing extreme sadness can reach out to and call Tawag Paglaum Centro Bisaya if they need someone to talk to. Tawag Paglaum Centro Bisaya is a 24/7 call-based hotline for suicide prevention and emotional crisis intervention established in Cebu. Anyone in Central Visayas experiencing a mental disorder relapse or suicidal thoughts may reach the hotline at 0939-936-5433 or 0927-654-1629.**

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