For Kristel Tejada, studying was a coping mechanism

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“She loved studying. She loved UP (University of the Philippines). She believed that financial limitations shouldn’t be a hindrance to education. She didn’t expect that the system implemented last year would defeat her,” the mother of the University of the Philippines freshman  who committed suicide last Friday told the Philippine Daily Inquirer at the wake in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

Blesilda Tejada was referring to the “no late payment” policy of UP Manila which directs teachers to turn away from their classes students who fail to pay their tuition. The memorandum was issued last October and signed by vice chancellor for academic affairs Marie Josephine de Luna.

Two days before she killed herself, 16-year-old Kristel Pilar Mariz Tejada—a Behavioral Sciences student—was forced to take a leave of absence for the second semester after she failed to pay her tuition due to her family’s dire financial situation.

According to Andrea Martinez, Tejada’s psychology professor and program adviser, for Tejada, studying was a coping mechanism as it  was not just a way to achieve her dreams but also a way to deal with her problems.

“When I’m in school, I forget the problems at home,” Tejada had confided in her, she told the Inquirer.

Martinez added that Tejada had been wallowing in guilt because she felt that she had let her parents down.

“I’m the eldest child, they have high hopes for me and I’m studying in UP,” Tejada told her once, she said.

She recalled that Tejada had endured weeks of attending classes even though her name would not be called whenever the teacher checked the attendance in accordance with the “no late payment” policy.

“For a teenager, it’s a blow to your self-esteem. She had asked to sit in [in my class] because she was interested in the subject. When she told me she felt embarrassed, I included her name in the roll call,” Martinez said.

In February, Tejada was forced to skip her classes after she missed the deadline for the payment of her tuition although she would still go to the campus and talk to Martinez.

She had told Martinez that she would wake up early in the morning only to realize that she could not go to school anymore.

When she was finally forced to file a leave of absence last Wednesday, Tejada had to surrender her UP identification card, something she found very difficult to do. “The ID was symbolic of her holding on to UP,” Martinez said.

On Tuesday night, Tejada sent her a text message which went: “I’m sorry I told a lie. I said I was OK but I was not and I am not.”

Tejada’s mother, meanwhile, said that “blame” may not be the right word although she believed the system at the university had a part in her daughter’s decision to end her life.

The family has been having financial problems after her husband, Christopher, lost his regular job as a warehouse coordinator when the company shut down, she added.

Tejada, who wanted to be a doctor, was able to finish high school at Manila Cathedral School as a scholar. Her younger sister, also a scholar at MCS, and two younger brothers are all consistent honor students.

Tejada’s father had even pleaded with the UP vice chancellor to give them enough time to pay their daughter’s tuition as Blesilda, who was with him, cried but she said she was told to “stop crying and accept the policy.”

Cleve Arguelles, UP system student regent, said on his Facebook page, “The case of Kristel Tejada was not a suicide. There was no choice—either you pay or you stop pursuing your dreams. She was killed by the system—a system that refuses to recognize that education is a right.”

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  • rburke

    so where is that murderer vice chancellor now?..she’s got to resign or commit sepuko, she too got to accept her fate..

    • ReneV

      not really. she is just implementing flawed policy which is being re-evaluated right now.

  • bayankopdi

    You cannot expect a taxi driver with 5 kids all going to school to immediately pay a loan from a previuos semester incurred by his daughter Kristel. Though the father of Kristel pleaded the administration to reconsider but his plea fell on deaf ears. We know that in UP there are lots of scholars who are children of government employees, children of politicians
    and other influencial people in the government who avail of the scholarship even though they can affordto pay the tuition fees. This is so unfair…a talent and a hope of the family has been wasted….TO ALL SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN WHO GIVE MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF THEIR PORK BARREL TO FAKE FOUNDATIONS…PLEASE HAVE A CONSCIENCE TO GIVE PART OF YOUR PORK BARREL TO FUND THE EDUCATION OF POOR BUT DESERVING STUDENTS….WE CANNOT LET ANOTHER KRISTEL GO TO WASTE.

    • http://twitter.com/regoberto2010 regoberto

      Your pleadings to the greedy congressmen and senators will surely fall on deaf ears, just like the pleadings of Kristel’s father to the heartless vice chancellor. These politicians are not normal human beings, they have high tolerance to the feeling of empathy, they only think of how much more they could steal and not how they could help. These politicians sicken me, they should all die.

      • PaoloUmali

        They will not die but you can help in making others vote wisely.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/EE5LMUQHMXD2Q3PBSSDKBMG7VI Rexy

        HOW ABOUT THE MILLIONS NA BINIGAY SA MGA SENATOR NOONG NAGDAAN PASKO??? GRRRRRRRRR

    • Armando Asuncion

      Double Standard.Only in the Philippines. Sue UP for the stupid policy and get rid of the Pork Barrel! Why do we have to give the people’s money to those jokers?The people’s money should go directly to the poor but deserving individuals. This way corruption is eliminated and no fighting over money will happen in the senate ever! I pity the poor girl whose right to education and dream of helping the family were extinguished just like that by a state university. Shame on you UP!

  • Loggnat

    The buck still stops at the desk of the UP president Alfredo Pascual, it happened in his watch. The Tejada family at least should be awarded a full scholarship to a sibling without even going thru the rigamarole of an entrance exam. If the university is feeling generous, every sibling that passes the entrance exam should be given a scholarship too even if it is not a full one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Romeo-L-Ferrera/1035313790 Romeo L Ferrera

    Failure of the system! How could a system designed by people with money understand people with not enough money? Yeah, your system was implemented, but what about the life of a human being? Could somehow a system bring harmony to humans as without humans-it would be useless anyway. System must understand human needs and not humans understanding the system!!!Life is more precious than anything.

    • ARIKUTIK

      Agree ! PH government system is for the rich only. The influential rich are even exempted from the arms of constitution. Ban on Political Dynasty was not respected but thrown in garbage dump because it is Anti-Rich.

      • http://twitter.com/regoberto2010 regoberto

        people who can afford to spend millions and millions for TV ads should not be voted. These people are thieves. They only make laws that are pro-rich. These people never think about the poor. I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR ANYONE WHO HAS A TV AD.

  • doublecross

    RIP, kristel…so sorry.

    ‘no late payment….ano ba eto?
    iskolar ka ng bayan tapos ganito ang sabihin,BWESIT!

  • chitetskoy

    hoy mga administrador ng UP tignan ninyo ang ginawa ninyong kalokohan, isang pangarap na naglaho dahil sa kaswapangan ng sistemang ito. dapat lahat kayo magbitiw sa puwesto, ipa-sequester lahat ng inyong pag-aari at yung na-sequester ay ipamahagi sa mga matatalinong mga dukha!

    at tulungan natin lahat-lahat na mabigyan ng scholarship ang natitirang apat na anak ng mga Tejada!

  • chitetskoy

    I demand that the school should SHOULDER THE FUNERAL EXPENSES FOR THE TEJADA FAMILY. Kasalanan naman nila kasi kung bakit nagpakamatay ang bata. umiiyak na nga ang nanay at lumuluhod sa harapan ng pinuno nagmamakaawa pero mga PUSONG BAKAL ang mga iyon.

  • yxoiyiu

    eto ang isang bata na gustung gustong mag-aral, samantalang may mga ibang teenager na ayaw mag-aral kahit na may karangyaan sa buhay at pipilitin pa ng mga magulang na pumasok sa school.

  • One brave girl

    Why are we blaming UP entirely on what happened to her? If i were her parent, i would rather blame myself for not providing her what she needs and for not being able to guide and advise her correctly. And for her, ang dami namang ibang way na pwedeng gawin eh, ang daming working students sa UP..if need nya mag-stop this sem, meron pa namang next sem, or next next sem..i don’t think committing suicide is the only option..Naaway ako sa nangyari sa kanya yes, but i don’t think we should blame the school..nasa UP sya, dapat palaban sya..

    • kristine0019

      Paano magtatrabaho si Kristel, eh 16 years old (read: menor de edad) lang siya? At kahit gustuhin man niyang magtrabaho, ultimo janitor, security guard at messenger po ngayon, kailangan college graduate na.

    • http://twitter.com/regoberto2010 regoberto

      madaling sabihin yan kasi siguro ikaw walang problema sa pera. Di kasi pantay ang buhay, maraming mga mahihirap na di nabibigyan ng tsansa sa buhay. Maraming mayayaman sa UP na scholars, maipasok silang scholars kasi may connection sa loob ang magulang nila. Ang rason bakit maraming mahirap kasi marami ring mga yumaman sa pamamagitan ng panlalamang sa kapwa. Kung ikaw One Brave Girl ay medyo maganda ang buhay wag mong sabihin na naging duwag yung nagpakamatay na pobreng estudyante, di mo alam kung ano ang pinagdaanan nya.

      • One brave girl

        Yes, you will think na siguro hindi ko kasi alam ang pinag-daanan nya..but you are so wrong..i know it and i’t s even worse..wala akong parents kahit isa to support me, i supported myself..madaming way but not suicide..pumapasok ako na most of the time hindi naglalunch at sakto lang ang pamasahe..and yes tiniis ko un,.i was working even on Saturdays and Sundays para lang may pang-allowance ako at masave for my next tuition fee..and yes, i also stopped because of financial problem not only for one Sem but for 2 years..san ako nag-aral? sa UP diliman..and yes, after the sacrifices naka-graduate din ako..Lakasan lang ng loob..

      • $5699914

        Tama ka…ako for one, had to stopped for almost 9-years, because naging priority ko ang work (no work, no salary, no money to buy meals)…in all, I had to finish my ECE-course in 14-years! Eh magkano lang ba tuition sa TUP-Taguig? mababa pa sa PUP!
        Bakit hindi ako nasiraan ng loob kahit na sobrang tagal na eh hindi pa rin ako tapos? Itinapon ko sa bintana ang ‘hiya’, hindi ko inintindi sasabihin ng ibang tao sa akin, at higit sa lahat, hindi ko iniasa sa ibang tao o government agency ang kinabukasan ko.

      • Jake Lopez

        Tumpak! I finished my 4 year course in 6 years because it was only my eldest sister who was working when my dad died. I had to take an LOA and work as a encyclopaedia salesman for 3 semesters. My other sister was at a nursing school (FEU) kaya hindi kaya ng Ate ko ng sabay. Hindi ako nagpakamatay! (obvious ba?). Blaming the system which the Tejada’s already was aware of is unfair. If there are faults in the system like what others are posting, then those are unrelated other topics.

      • pnoyjudge

        As an ECE myself, saludo ko syo! May kaibigan ako na Architecture, 10 yrs bago nya natapos dhil n rn sa financial problems. Hindi rn sya nahiya kahit sya lagi pinakamatanda sa klase nila.

        Nkakalungkot dhl easy way out ang nangyari. For me, family tlga may kulang. Ndi naagapan ung depression nung anak kaya ndi na kinaya. Kung nagabayan ng tama, nagkalat ang mga call center na tumatanggap ng HS graduates. Since scholar at from UP pa sya, malamang maganda mapapasukan nya.

        I sympathize with the family, pero in this case, may pagkukulang tlga sila

      • $5699914

        Thanks.

      • http://www.facebook.com/kiyoshi.konoe Mac Cruz

        i commend you for staying strong and continuing your education despite hardships. however, not all people are as strong as you. and please don’t judge her parents. let us not assume that she was not guided properly without evidence.

      • One brave girl

        I just can’t understand why almost everyone is blaming UP, the gov’t or maybe even Pnoy sa ginawa nya..that was her choice right? I am also not strong, i think everyone who will be in that situation will get depressed , i didn’t say di ako nadepress..pero ang daming tao sa paligid na sumusuporta hindi man financially pero sa ibang bagay..ang family, aside sa support di ba dapat nga maging inspiration pa sila para maging strong ka..i read the interviews of her parents, ni minsan di sila nagsabi na may naging mali din sila, they kept on blaming UP, bakit responsibility ba ng UP ang anak nila?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ISI5ZPUIISNT25JPGAMSAWGBPA dream_waker

        ang hirap paniwalaan ang kwento mo and i don’t agree with you… i came also from a very poor family and also sacrifice a lot just to finish my study together with my other 5 siblings with my father work as a carpenter who earned only 150 pesos a day and i don’t blame the parent’s. Mga nag aarala sa UP eh mga mayayaman tapos subsidies pa ng gobyerno yan yong mga mahihirap di man lang bigyan ng consideration. at kung talagang galing ka sa hirap you will want a change at yan ang nagawa ni Kristel she is making a change…..

      • One brave girl

        Ngayon ka lang ba nakarinig ng mahirap na nagsikap kaya nahihirapan ka paniwalaan ang kwento ko? Pity you, ang daming ganyang kwento at hindi lang ako ang naka-experience non..I didn’t say you blame your parents, my point here was the PARENTS SHOULD NOT BLAME UP..good for you, you still had your parents when you were studying, i didn’t have them and my younger sibling stopped for a Semester dahil graduating pa lang ako ng nakapasa sya ng UP..when i graduated sya naman ang pinag-aral ko.and she’s also doing well now..”Mga nag-aaral sa UP eh mga mayayaman?” yeah madami akong naging classmates na mayayaman, pero i think ang requirement lang naman kasi eh pumasa ka sa UPCAT di ba? so bakit mo sila pagbabawalan sa UP?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ISI5ZPUIISNT25JPGAMSAWGBPA dream_waker

        nope i don’t need to heard those stories dahil ang dami namin dyan.. so sa tingin mo 150 pesos a day na sweldo kasya yan sa pag aaral ng 4 na college + elem + HS ng sabay sabay??? 7 kami isa di na nag aral don’t depend UP dyan tau di nag kakasundo it’s not just about hard work… buti ka nga may pang pamasahe pa kami nag lalakad lang ng more than 8 kilometers a day, pumapasok sa school na basa pag umulan.. minsan di rin nanang halian.. ganyan ang buhay sa probinsya… and also don’t depend those rich people who did nothing but steal the people’s money…. UP ka pa naman..

      • One brave girl

        on the first place, kung ang kita mo eh 150/day tama ba na mag-anak ng 7? sorry pero parang may mali na kasi agad don..by the way, i already mentioned in one of my posts na hindi din ako ok sa bagong rule ng UP..and i never depend UP..and hindi lang tama for me is for the parents to blame UP entirely sa ginawa ni Kristel..tapos sila walang kasalanan? i also never depend rich people, may sinabi ba akong ganon? can you show me that post?

        Sabi mo pa it’s no about hard work? So ano pala? Dapat umasa lang sa gov’t?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ISI5ZPUIISNT25JPGAMSAWGBPA dream_waker

        so are you blaming my parent na nag anak ng 7 beside wala namang tamang kita… my father reach only grade 1 while my mother able to graduate HS.. suma total eh hindi sila mga edukado na tao at nakatatira lang dati kanayonan saka mga katoliko sila na ang alam lang eh mag pa dami ng anak… kaya nga ako nag anak isa lang coz i want change that’s why i’m pro RH many in far area don’t have proper education, no electricity no access sa maraming bagay specially sa province… tanong lang naranasan mo na ba na tumira sa Malayong probinsya???? baka sabihin mo di ko naranasan tumira sa syudad to tell you i’m here in makati working so i no all the corruption here in Manila… and also i wonder how much your paying for your tuition when your still at UP compare today….

      • One brave girl

        The fact that you didn’t follow your parents footsteps na mag-anak ng madami eh alam mo ng there’s something wrong with it..so i think i don’t even need to answer your argument..i also don’t see any relevance kung naexperience ko ng tumira sa malayong province sa point ko na hind dapat sisihin ng parents ang UP sa choice ni Kristel na mag-suicide..her parents should be more responsible of that..

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ISI5ZPUIISNT25JPGAMSAWGBPA dream_waker

        so ano pa na meron tayong gobyerno???? i don’t know why you depend UP to much maybe you love your alma matter more than you love your country.. I only want change in this society because I believe and what i see this country is going nowhere.. Graduate from UP did nothing to improve this country to move forward.. I say many graduate of UP failed and the money of the people gone to nothing… If this country will prosper with your reasoning then i say you are correct with all of your reasoning.. How can we solve poverty kung ganyan ang kalakaran sa UP at marami pang SUC sa bansa ang pag asa ng bayan ay nappunta lamang sa wala.. If your working in UP i think your more bias on your opinion… Nung bata pa ako sa gitna ng gabi may mga taong kumakatok sa bahay namin na may mga baril nakikitulog bata pa ako non at wala alam sa mga nangyayari yon pala mga NPA… i believe until now our country is still on the dark side and hope is slim to few and people like us with a lot of courage are the only one be able to survive and succeed in life but how about the other’s who the like of Kristel kailangan ba kalimutan na lang at hayaan ang bulok na sistema na kainin sila.. -alipin sa sariling bayan

      • One brave girl

        Did i depend UP? I don’t think so. I think you didn’t get my point. To make it simple, you really think it’s UP and the government’s fault kaya nag-suicide si Kristel? At walang kasalanan ang parents nya? If your answer is yes, then i really think there’s something wrong with your insights in life..

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ISI5ZPUIISNT25JPGAMSAWGBPA dream_waker

        “i would rather blame myself for not providing her what she needs and for not being able to guide and advise her correctly”… –One brave girl

      • One brave girl

        The complete sentence is, ” If i were her parent, i would rather blame myself for not providing her what she needs and for not being able to guide and advise her correctly. ”

        and you didn’t answer my question, you think it’s UP’s fault kaya sya nag-suicide at walang kasalanan ang parents nya?

      • http://www.facebook.com/oscar.hestiada Oscar Hestiada

        kung ang pagiging mahirap at nagsisikap para makahaahon sa kahirapan oo may kasalanan ang magulang but from what i read they try a lot and UP turn them down like a heartless crooks.. as counselor of the school i think they can do a lot of help to the poor family but unless helping them they are the one betrayed them…

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_POBZSV5PGTGUS3YA2KR2NZI3HA Alex

        I don’t think reasoning with this guy will get you anywhere. It’s seems obvious that the guy bears grudge against your alma mater.

        He tries hard to highlight his humble beginnings but would put the blame on anyone except the dead and her parents because they are the victim and the bereaved.

      • One brave girl

        Actually yes, his logic and reasonings are nonsense as well. I’f im not mistaken he mentioned that he was not blaming the gov’t for their prev situation but it’s very obvious that he’s blaming them. It’s his problem anyway if he doesn’t want to throw all his grudges from the past.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ISI5ZPUIISNT25JPGAMSAWGBPA dream_waker

        so your logic and reasoning is perfect and mine is flawed because your from UP… kaya pala halos karamihan ng nag papatakbo ng gobyerno natin eh taga UP eh ano nangyari asensado ba tayo… cguro kayong galing sa UP oo mayayaman paano naman yong iba… if you try to see top 100 riches people in the world 10 or less galing pinas pero ang bansa na to eh 3rd world country poverty is high jobless is high so tingin mo tama yon… hanngang merong mga tulad nyo na ganyan mag isip kailanman di uunlad ang ating bansa…

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ISI5ZPUIISNT25JPGAMSAWGBPA dream_waker

        i don’t bear a grude with UP just stop depending them and the government… i remember when i also studying in an SUC in province i pay only about 300 pesos every semester but now it’s about 7k or more per semester… 6 of us sibling study in SUC in province and i say we all graduate from an SUC but now it’s only the can afford can study their… the poor can no longer afford it and they will stay poor for the rest of their life and their children then tell me if my reasoning is flawed… this is my answer about TF comparision and i wonder what year you graduated from UP..

      • abner

        kasalanan ng up…matagal na nila pinangangalandakan na sila ang matatalino sa pilipinas…pero di nila kayang patunayan na kaya nilang iahon sa hirap ang pilipinas…at nagkaroon pa ng no late payment policy….bulok!…..sa private nga pwede ang late ka magbayad kase kukunin mo din naman ang transcript mo or diploma pero sa kanila na u.p…sa dinami daming matatalino…walang naka isip na papatay sila dahil dyan.???????

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ISI5ZPUIISNT25JPGAMSAWGBPA dream_waker

        how much was your tuition when your studying at UP? just answer this question and then compare it with the tuition ni Kristel…….

      • One brave girl

        around 5 to 6k, almost the same as her tuition fee now to think it was several years ago pa..so what’s the point of comparisson?

      • Iya So

        I agree with this, that’s why I’d like to think that she committed suicide believing that her “sacrifice” will serve as an eyeopener so that UP/government will deal a better hand on the plight of students like her, and not because she was weak and felt hopeless/helpless.

    • louie

      it goes both ways. the parents have their shortcomings and UP have theirs. but please, be more considerate of the student. you’re not on her place. things that seem to be easy for you, may mean defeat for others. Instead of pointing out what the child should have done, arresting the problems that lead to this should be viewed. You’re right when you said that suicide is not the only option but we should never underestimate what she felt about her problems. the family is already suffering, they don’t need this kind of words about their daughter.

      • One brave girl

        I already explained my side in my comment above, just to reiterate i know what she has been through, i’ve been there and even worse..but i never thought of committing suicide..Yes, naaawa din ako sa kanya, i think there’s a very deep reason kung bakit nya naisipan mag-suicide and i don’t think it’s only because of the tuition fee..and honestly, naiinis ako sa parents na ni wala man lang regrets sa nangyari sa anak nila, instead sinisisi lahat sa school..i saw some of the posts of her professor and sya nga parang sinisisi yung sarili nya kasi wala syang nagawa na help para di sana ginawa yun ni Kristel..and yet the parents just kept on blaming others when in fact sila yung unang unang dapat na tumulong sa anak nila..kung hindi man financially eh sa ibang bagay like guidance..

    • Mux

      I agree with you. UP did not give her the poison she used to kill herself. She made that decision on her own. She was not murdered. Unless an investigation proves otherwise.

    • lemon88

      angga’t nandito sa mundong”EARTH” life won’t be easy. araw-araw kailangan mong makipaglaban( basta sa tama at tuwid na paraan) para mabuhay. me kanya-kanya tayong kalakasan at kahinaan but at the end of the day “KUNG WALA ANG DYOS SA BUHAY MO” ay wala kana.

    • jseesus

      hahaaha palaban daw sa kama..

  • $44843778

    Even the best private universities allow the late enrollment and late payment policy as long as you sign a guarantee that you will pay up by semester-end.

  • http://twitter.com/gfarishta gibreel farishta

    long live the system! so the school shall remain a breeding ground for insurgents..

  • gerryjoaquin

    put@ng namoo leachon. kahapon lang sinisisi mo ang pamilya ni kristel at
    kanilang kahirapan sa pagkamatay nya. ngayon naman para kang maamong
    tupa. naghuhugas kamay ka na. tamang tama semana santa kelangan ng
    pontio pilato. magdasal ka na di kita makikita sa pgh, isusubsob ko lang
    pagmumukha mo at gagawin kitang lechon.

  • gerryjoaquin

    namoo rin ms de luna.

  • http://Yahoo.com/ Ragdeleafar

    Teenagers are very sensitive, restless, impatient, fearful, unease and fragile people that’s why constant guidance, counseling & understanding is a must from their parents, friends, teachers and all. Others are weak others are strong to stress, pressure, & anxiety. Bible says: Parable of the Lamp : MARK 4:21-25

    “Is a lamp brought in to be placed
    under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lampstand?” What Jesus says in the Sermon on the Mount: “…your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father” (Mt 5:16).

    “God listens to our prayers and
    reveals Himself to us. In response, we are to take care of, nurture, and be
    responsible for what we receive from God. We should neither take these
    blessings for granted nor misuse or abuse them. And God expects that we share
    them with others. We cannot keep them only to ourselves. We have to proclaim
    God’s kindness and goodness.”

    “As we are blessed, we should let our
    lives be a blessing to others, sowing love where there is hatred, giving hope
    where there is despair, and bringing light where there is darkness. At the end
    of our lives, we will be judged on how we have shared God’s blessings with our
    brothers and sisters.”

    “What have we done with God’s gifts and graces to us?Do we spread and share them with our less fortunate brothers and sisters?”

  • Jeniffer Quijano Orpilla

    I thought UP Diliman is a university for the poor promising youth that’s why everyone look up to them but here it proves that the university is nothing but worst than the private schools or other schools that only looks at people’s pocket to provide high quality educ.. Now I believe the hearsay that UP is no longer a school for the poor but worst than the private institutions because of the administrations desire for power and money. I really pity Kristel and I hope this issue would teach a lesson esp. to those politicians who aspire a seat on the senate to prioritize educ. and not just to narrate the same old slogan or lines. I hope everyone makes action not useless words.

  • PaoloUmali

    Wag po kayo mag-anak kung di niyo kaya paaralin.

    • Mash Ortega

      Hindi naman fair na isisi ang mga magulang sa pagkakataong ito. Basahin mong mabuti yung article; yung tatay ni Kristel, may regular na trabaho dati bilang warehouse coordinator. Di man kalakihan ang sahod, stable pa ring maituturing. Hindi siya tambay lang tulad ng iba, at hindi rin niya kasalanan na biglang nagsara yung kumpanyang pinagtatrabahuhan niya kaya sila naghirap.

      • PaoloUmali

        Mahirap pre pag hindi mo i-pipinpoint kung sino accountable.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NXV3F6YUQWDOA4HPYOFN5F2N3U Danyel

    Asa ka pa sa mga senador na yan at congressmen…puro buwaya yang mga yan……U.P. is no longer for the poor…..enter any of its campus and you will see a lot of fancy cars of its students. Like the entire RP the poor are now very much marginalized in U.P……

  • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

    almost everyone is blaming up that just implemented regulations.

    how about the parents who facked and facked even though they cannot afford to support the resulting offsprings?

    sus!

    • Mash Ortega

      Hindi naman fair na isisi ang mga magulang sa pagkakataong ito. Basahin mong mabuti yung article; yung tatay ni Kristel, may regular na trabaho dati bilang warehouse coordinator. Di man kalakihan ang sahod, stable pa ring maituturing. Hindi siya tambay lang tulad ng iba, at hindi rin niya kasalanan na biglang nagsara yung kumpanyang pinagtatrabahuhan niya kaya sila naghirap.

      SUS!

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

        whatever. the operative word is afford…

        kung di mo kaya, wag ka mag anak. ngayong nandyan na, ipaintindi mong mabuti ang sitwasyon. Alangan namang up na lang lahat ang may kasalanan nito at spotless and blameless ang mga magulang?

        SUS!

      • abner

        pulis patola ka yata eh…..me trabaho nga nung una..at kayang makasupurta kaya nag anak ng lima…..sa di inaasahang pangyayare nagsara kumpanya ng pinagtatrabahuhan ng ama..kaya di na makaya…

  • corupbuster

    SHE ALSO HAS BEHAVIORAL PROBLEM…THATS Y MAYBE HE TOOK BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES…HER PARENTS HAS THERE SHARE OF BLAME TOO…BECAUSE SHE WAS NOT RAISED TO BE TOUGH ENOUGH TO SURVIVE IN THIS VERY CRUEL WORLD…

  • corupbuster

    SHE ALSO HAS BEHAVIORAL PROBLEM…THATS Y MAYBE SHE TOOK BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES…HER PARENTS HAS THERE SHARE OF BLAME TOO…BECAUSE SHE WAS NOT RAISED TO BE TOUGH ENOUGH TO SURVIVE IN THIS VERY CRUEL WORLD…

    • http://www.facebook.com/kiyoshi.konoe Mac Cruz

      most people have behavioral problem. do not isolate.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SMQLSFVDAOXMJEGILHU7XI5PU4 RoelD

    a very promising mind, brain perishes because of systematic educational system of some of our state colleges and universities.ano na nangyari sa future leaders ng ating bansa ,kung ang bulok na sistyema ng edukasyon ang syang naging dahilan na kitilin nila ang sariling buhay. galit na galit ako sa ating goberno,mga senador , congressmen, mga walanghiya kayo.mag alok nga kayo ng tulong sa mga poor but deserving student , ang dami namang hinihingi nyo na requirements. isang batang buhay na puno ng pag asa ang nawala dahil sa mga bulok na taong namamahala sa publikong paaralan.how i wished maduraan ko man lang mga mukha nitong mga walanghiyang chancelor ng up mga peste kayo

  • joe maureal

    its not true that we don’t have money to fund public schools it (the money) just went into a wrong priority: funding for the politicos PORK BARREL…hundreds of millions lost yearly into questionable deals made to appear as projects in thier districts or bailiwicks… lets move to ABOLISH THE PORK BARREL NOW!

  • boybakal

    The govt is good in collection…BIR but don’t give much in return.
    UP is Public University…it is run by taxpayer’s money.

  • jga94

    Aside from reviewing policies of UP, I think this also should open our eyes to issues of mental health among young people….suicide is complex, it is rarely caused by just one event. Coping mechanism nya ang studying? What happens kung natapos na sya at kailangan nya ng magtrabaho?Papaano kung may iba pang problema syang kakaharapin? Ironic and sad that she committed suicide while enrolled in Behavioral Sciences and being surrounded by “learned” people of the discipline….it just goes to show that iba yung tunay na buhay.

    • Guest

      coping mechanisms are one’s conscious efforts to deal with stress. What might be stressing her is the financial condition of her family, and she has “studying” in UP as something that would give her hope to achieve her dreams someday, since eventually after finishing her studies, she might land a good job that would help the condition of her family (thus, alleviating the stressor). As her mom had said, education is her daughter’s only treasure. Eventually, we cannot really say how she would deal with her problems in the future since we would not know how 3 more years might affect her if ever she did not commit suicide. there are more to learn in 3 years but she was deprived of that. and please don’t tell me that just because she’s taking up behavioral sciences, it would be a shame that she would commit suicide.

  • jga94

    Sino bang nagsabi na ang UP is for the poor? UP strives to be THE premier education/academic institution of the country….hindi sya specific for the poor altho it tries to make itself accessible to them….however, quality education needs money….I pity these administrators….mahirap i-try to maintain quality education without money.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kiyoshi.konoe Mac Cruz

      UP is not only for the poor. It is for DESERVING students, RICH or POOR. True, quality education needs money, and being a state university, the state should have provided that.

  • lemon88

    VICE MARIE DE LUNA SHOULD RESIGNED FROM HER POST INCLUDING THE CHANCELLOR. PWEDE NAMAN NYANG I-VETO ANG DECISION NG KANYANG SUBORDINATE IMPOSSIBLENG DI NYA ALAM KASO KATULAD NG KAY KRISTEL

  • $8278216

    Papanagutin ang mga opisyales ng up…..

  • $8278216

    Calling all UP students, students power ang kailangan para mapa alis ang mga opisyales na ito..

  • Mayamaya

    Hindi po lahat ng taga UP mayayaman. Ako rin nag leave of absence sa UP dahil kelangan ipagamot ang lola ko nung isang semester na nagkasakit sya. Hindi rin ako naka tikim ng scholarship kasi di naman kataasan ang grades ko. May mga naging ka-iskwela pa ako noon na nag trabaho sa mcdo para lang maigapang ang pagaaral. May iba na naglalabandera para sa kapwa estudyante. Sana lang meron nakapagbigay ng inspirasyon kay kristel. Kapit bisig mga kababayan!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_POBZSV5PGTGUS3YA2KR2NZI3HA Alex

      Best comment in this thread so far.. From the standpoint of the chancellor, I know that once I give in to the pleading parents, it would not be the last and doing so would also put me at risk of doing my job. Kristel was not out of options, her emotions just proved to be stronger than her mind.

  • ReneV

    young people who pass the rigorous exam for UP admission should be given pro rated education fees (as if this is not implemented at present). in Pinas, we see a lot of tambays who do not care if they are educated (well, let them!) we should care for those who wanted to be educated. because of the previous reason, i maintain that education is a right until high school but free (if worthy enough) or pro rated tuition should be a privilege for those who are competitive and smart enough to want it, isn’t this the policy of UP?

  • riccisan

    she loved UP but UP doesnt love her :( nuff said. and to INQ, very good in recycling articles

  • indaysava

    Nakakalungkot that she had to end her life just because she had to go on LOA. Not to sound callous & insensitive, but the reality is, hindi lang sya ang nakaranas, nakakaranas at makakaranas ng financial difficulty while studying in UP. What pushed her to think that filing for LOA is the end of her world (and thus she ended her own life) as claimed by the parents? I’m not blaming her, nor am I condoning the Forced LOA policy of UP – I do agree w/ everybody that they should scrap that policy and revise the system of STFAP bracketing.

    I graduated from UPLB. During the 90s, marami namang studyante ng UPLB na mahirap pa sa mahirap (isa na ako don) ang nakatapos din naman – dahil sa awa ng Diyos, at diskarte. Meron nga akong kilala one way ticket lang sa barko papuntang Manila ang nabigay ng magulang nya sa kanya nong freshman sya – nakatapos din naman. Maraming kinailangang mag LOA dahil walang pang tuition that sem – magtatrabaho muna, balik nalang sa susunod na taon pag nakaipon na, nagka delay delay ng maraming taon, pero nakatapos din naman. Marami din nag transfer nalang sa mas murang school. Wala namang napabalitang mga nag suicide dahil nag LOA or hindi kayang mag enrol that semester. Kabi-kabila ang news ng suicide cases ngayon sa kung ano-anong dahilan – mostly in their teens… mababaw, malalim, a lot of the reasons don’t even make sense. My question is, what makes suicide an “appealing” option for these kids? Dahil ba nase-sensationalize ang mga suicide cases? Or because they are not taught life & coping skills anymore?

    If we only want to find somebody to blame – go ahead, blame the system, the university, the government. Heck, blame the family, friends, teachers who watched her go into depression w/o seeking professional help for her… that is, if all we want to do about the issue is to find somebody to blame about her death. But that won’t prevent another teen/student from taking his/her own life when faced w/ seemingly too much difficulty in life. We have to face the truth that these kids need to develop “tibay ng loob”. “Makibaka, huwag matakot” -laging sigaw ng mga isko’t iska… hanggang political/social issues lang ba ang dapat ipakibaka, or kailangan matuto din ang mga isko’t iska na makibaka sa mga realidad ng buhay? Isa ako sa mga mahihirap na naging estudyante at nakatapos sa UPLB… I experienced going to class hungry, I had to sell cupcakes/chichiria/trinkets that I made @ the dorm & worked as a student assistant to survive… it was truly difficult, my poorest years yet I consider them the richest years of my life because it was during those times that I learnt the skills to survive in the real world.

    Life on earth will never be fair, and there will always be challenges and difficulties – even after graduating, even as a professional, there will always be challenges and difficulties. That’s why I believe that it is important to teach children skills that will enable them to cope w/ difficulties, disappointments, heartaches and hardships in life.

    Life doesn’t end (or doesn’t have to) because we face hardships & disappontments. There’s always hope for each new day. I just wish somebody was there to tell her so….she should’ve been given professional counseling when they noticed she was getting depressed because of her situation. (ironically, she was a Behavioral Science student – there’s no lack of psychologists/counselors there)… it could have made a difference.

  • boybakal

    How could studying be a coping mechanism if your mind is troubled by tuition fees.
    Wrong point.

  • MNLFoodcritic

    Chancellor Agulto and Vice Chancellor Luna, if you really have honor and principles, resign. But I don’t expect both of you to have honor or principles. Someone already died by your hands and still you blame others. Shame on you. May your souls rot. Please resign.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dennis.d.torre Dennis Dela Torre

    “It is the task of the living to make meaning of the sacrifices of the dead.”

    — Stephen Donaldson

    I can only surmise that Kristel made her choice out of options already replete with a lot of sacrifices. Let us honor her desire for prayers. And let us try to reflect if we who are alive, can do anything to realize her dreams for the family she has left behind. For in her death, she has succeeded in making all of us look at our own collective soul, that we as a society are not able to provide choices for our youth, despite already making great sacrifices.

  • JosengSisiw1

    here’s another example why the Catholic Church should accept RH law.

    • http://www.facebook.com/angtootongjomartin Josemaria Martin Von-verster

      What does have to do with it?

      • JosengSisiw1

        her father is a taxi driver feeding 5 children?

  • James Julio

    “either to pay or stop pursuing your dreams.” There’s something with that line that doesn’t make sense. Just completely threw me off: it’s not an agreeable set of choices. I’d keep working and believing in the possibility of my ambition (instead of killing myself). Suicide is never a a reasonable choice when the things we want, hope, and dream are not (for now) attainable; a system like this (which people can endlessly rant about) should not have defeated anyone. But I hope this tragedy will serve a purpose, not so many of us can and will be able to weather every storm.

  • Equalizer

    I am crying. My heart is bleeding.

    I see little boys and girls roaming in the street aimlessly, without direction, without future because of poverty. Slow death is waiting for them. Drugs, rugby, prostitution and crimes devouring them slowly.

    And when you listen to the news, you hear the senators and congressman, fighting for the millions of pesos of the people’s money, showing their greediness without conscience.

    Ordinary people rushing everyday to reach their place of work in traffic jams, sweating it out, eating anywhere just to temporarily ease hunger and to have life go on. Our OFW’s being abused and degraded by their foreign masters. Some commit suicide, others find their family completely shattered, some go home in body bags.

    And you go to the Senate and the House of Representatives, and you feel the arrogance, the waste, the greediness, as these “honorables” shouting “WE WANT MORE! MILLIONS ARE NOT ENOUGH! MORE! MORE! MORE!” The governors and mayors look at their masters with adoration and shout louder the same battle cry,”WE WANT MORE! MILLIONS ARE NOT ENOUGH! MORE! MORE! MORE!”

    I am crying. My heart is bleeding.

  • Janch

    Ibig sabihin marami siyang problema. Having to stop schooling was not the cause of her stress. It was a loss of coping mechanism.

    • http://www.facebook.com/wenaer Maria Rowena Endrinal R

      Pagpaumanhin, para kay drillon recto ang “perfectly said”

  • Drillon Recto

    UP used to be the cradle of hopes, optimism and pride. Now it’s just a private university posing as a state university.

    • http://www.facebook.com/wenaer Maria Rowena Endrinal R

      Perfectly said

  • juan_liwanag

    Kailan kaya matitigil sa Pinas ang kultura ng paghahanap ng masisisi? Wala nang maibabalik na buhay kahit na may sisihin pa! Hindi ginusto ng U.P. na mamatay si Kristel, ipinatupad lamang nila ang patakaran. Hindi rin naman gusto ng magulang niya ang nangyaring ito. Nangyari ito dahil sa kahinaan ng pagpapasya ni Kristel. Ang solusyon ay higit na pagsisikap ng lahat ng may kinalaman na magabayan ang may kahinaan at matulungan ng oportunidad upang kumita ng maayos ang mga mahihirap na mamamayan para hindi manatili ang utak libre at kawalang responsibilidad. Kailangang balansehin ang interes ng lipunan at indibidwal. Nangyari na ang hindi dapat mangyari pero let us move on.

  • Gilberto Reyes

    This article shows its the family that is to blame, instead of being a support system – they are the are primary stressor! Worst about the issue, the parents that did not provided support or stability blamed the UP system. I am not a UP graduate or student, i just dont like finger pointing….. and you know what is even funnier? Think of how much is paid in terms of blood money to save one OFW legally convicted of murder.

  • K8

    My condolences to the family. But that is what we call life. We all have deadlines, rules, regulations, and policies that we need to follow. Yes education is a right but you cannot also demand so much especially from UP – an institution also struggling financially to make ends meet.

    • abner

      si panot ang dapat na sisihin dahil sa pagkaltas ng budget ng edukasyon.

  • Carlos_Iho

    While shamenadors and tongressmen splurge on pork barrel, the government does not have sufficient funds for the poor girl’s simple wish to have good education.

  • doublecross

    RIP po…..to late a hero. u bring us light to the world.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wenaer Maria Rowena Endrinal R

    Habang binabasa ko comments sa article, masasabi kong winner sa attitude and reasoning si “one brave girl” Call po ito to fight its basic right which is education and abolish ang no late payment policy, the fact na nagplead ang magulang sa higher official but got denied.
    Let’s think about the future, with this crooked policy, nawalan na ng pagasa ang less privileged na pamilya na pagaralin ang anak nila sa kalidad na edukasyon. Ung tuition fee hike nga nun na inabot ko sa UPLB from 200+ per unit jumped to 1000k per unit ay isa ng matinding paglabag sa karapatan ng estudyante dagdagan pa nitong no late payment policy e para bagang commercialized na, may gov’t subsidy pa nga ba dito???? Call ito na lumaban na, hindi magsisihan!
    At pinakimportante, respect please sa magulang na nawalan ng anak na siyang aahon sana sa kahirapan nila subalit nabigo.

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