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Guard’s Suicide Try Rocks Subic Industrial Park

by Vivien Gail Delgado and Victoria Rivas

A DISTRAUGHT security guard of Subic Yokohama Trucks inside the Subic Bay Gateway Park, also known as Taiwanese Industrial Park in the Subic Bay Freeport, locked himself up in a room in the company premises for some three (3) hours allegedly to commit suicide, raising tensions in this part of the generally peaceful zone on Monday.

“Natakot kami dahil may 9mm caliber pistol siya na baka sa amin iputok,” a Subic Yokohama employee told Subic Bay News, “kaya tumigil kami lahat sa trabaho at kanya-kanyang safety,” he said, requesting not to be named for fear of management’s possible adverse reaction against him for talking to the media.

Olongapo Police and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Law Enforcement Department (LED) personnel spent over three hours negotiating with a distraught security guard who threatened to commit suicide inside Subic Yokohama Trucks premises on Monday. (Photo by Victoria Rivas)

Elements of the Olongapo City Police Office (OCPO) responded to beef up personnel of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Law Enforcement Department (LED) to secure the area and negotiated with the guard to reconsider his suicide plan.

The 55-year-old guard heeded the calls for his surrender and calmly allowed himself to be brought to the OCPO Station 3, Magsaysay Drive, Olongapo City.

The 55-year-old security guard who raised tensions in the Taiwanese Industrial Park in the Subic Bay Freeport by threatening to commit suicide with his 9mm service pistol over financial and personal problems is escorted by Police personal on the way to Station 3 of the Olongapo City Police Office (OCPO). (Photo by Vivien Gail Delgado)

A 9mm pistol with seven (9) bullets was confiscated from him.

Police said the guard contemplated suicide because of financial and personal problems. (VGD/VR)

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