Breaking News
Home | Mindanao | Sexagenarian kills self

Sexagenarian kills self

Correspondent .

A Sexagenarian took his own life, apparently overwhelmed by the fact that he had too many debts.

Authorities identified the suicide as Renato Balat, 64, a fruit dealer and had resided at Barangay Kabulakan, Balingoan, Misamis Oriental.

According to a close friend, Lorena Abrigana, 18, she discovered Balat sprawled inside his store at the junction of Balingoan Port, Barangay Baukbauk, around 11 pm. Abrigana said Balat’s mouth was foaming.

Abrigana said she was with Balat earlier that evening drinking inside a nearby videoke bar.

Police personnel who responded to the report found a plastic bottle with chemical residues near Balat’s body.

Police posited that Balat may have ingested an insecticide diluted with water which caused his death.

Authorities found Balat’s suicide note at the crime scene.

Utang ang hinungdan di ko kabayad. Wala’y labot si dalaga (Abrigana). Gikapoy lang ko sa akong utang. Salamat sa mga utang,” Balat’s suicide note reads in part.

Initial investigation of the police showed that Balat owed a lot of people money.

In the same note, Balat wrote: “Dalaga, see you in heaven. I want to see the child and be his godfather.”

Abrigana has just delivered a baby two months ago.

Balat requested in his note to hold his last vigil at the fruit stand.

Johnny Balat, the victim’s brother, did not request for an autopsy as he was convinced there was no foul play in the death of his brother.

It was learned that Balat had been separated from his wife, who is now living in Cebu together with their children.


About mindanao goldstar daily

mindanao goldstar daily
TREND MAKER. Mindanao Gold Star Daily was established in 1989 to set ablaze a new meaning & flame to the local newspaper business. Throughout the years it continued its focus and interest in the rural areas & pioneered the growth of countryside journalism.

Check Also

Progressive solons hit anti-left campaign

DAVAO City — Progressive lawmakers blasted the reported sightings of tarpaulin materials in what appear ...

DISCLAIMER: We welcome fiery exchanges but we do not tolerate ad hominem attacks, casting criminal and false aspersion on our reporters and opinion writers. We reserve the right to delete, reproduce or modify comments posted on our website without prior notice.

POSTING RULES: Do not use obscenity. Stick to the topic discussed. Do not veer away from the discussion and be respectful at all times. Do not use CAPITAL LETTERS as this means shouting in the thread.