PSHS student dies after collapsing during graduation rehearsals



Philippine Science High School. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Three days before his graduation from high school, a fourth year student of the Philippine Science High School died after reportedly collapsing during a graduation rehearsal on campus on Tuesday.

Initial reports reaching the Quezon City Police District identified the student as Rodesto Michael Lacerna, 15, of section IV-Tau.

QCPD deputy director for administrator Senior Supt. Joel Pagdilao said the boy collapsed at around 9 a.m. during a rehearsal for the PSHS graduation rites, scheduled on Friday.

A source, who requested anonymity as he was not authorized to speak with the media, told the INQUIRER that the student was with his other batchmates at the graduation practice at the school gymnasium.

Upon collapsing, the boy was first brought to the school clinic but he was already unconscious.

Masambong police station commander Supt. Pedro Sanchez said Lacerna was then rushed to the Philippine Children Medical Center, where he was declared dead on arrival by attending physician Dr. Lea Mislang.

As of press time, police officials have no information as to the cause of death of the student.

The PSHS, a government school specializing in the sciences, reportedly declared a half-day for students on Tuesday following the incident, the source added.

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  • Guest

    i’m still waiting for someone to blame the government for this

    • Justin Regalado

      i’m still waiting for you to have common sense.

      • Guest

        it’s good to lose it, to understand how people impulsively react

      • Justin Regalado

        not the time and place for your social experiments. have more sensitivity.

    • Jose

      It’s god’s will.

      • Justin Regalado

        it’s not God’s will.

      • Benedicto Nathan

        If that is god’s will, then ask yourself what kind of a ‘loving’ and ‘caring’ god that might be? if god is omnipotent he should have changed the fate of this kid (condelences to the family) and let him live to graduate and take college and live his life. I totally find people saying that the wars, disasters, accidents, hunger of billions of people to be god’s will lacking reason and i find that appaling.

      • Justin Regalado

        For the case of this kid, it is not God’s will to end his life. But going into the science and theology of it is disrespectful in this forum. So I won’t go into that discussion.

        For the wars, disasters, and all that: You cannot blame God for the stupidity of Man. He gave us free will to decide the paths we take, hoping we make the right choices.

        But seriously, your comment is unnecessary because of its rudeness and inappropriateness.

      • Benedicto Nathan

        How can my comment be rude and inappropriate? I am merely voicing out my public opinion in a public website. I have offered my condolences, reacted to false assumptions and now you find my public comment in a public domain website rude and inappropriate. I politely disagree.

  • ed0408

    Will UP and PUP students start another rally or mass action on this incident?

    • mabyrik

      will PUP students destroy their benches and tables again and complain later that the government does not provide them with benches and tables to destroy? Just asking.

      • Gianina Martha Anit

        out of line comments. kung walang magandang masabi, tumahimik na lang kayo. magisip naman kayo bago pumindot sa keyboard at mag enter. condolences to the family and friends of the kid. pisay grad here.

      • Rally sa Chinese Embassy

        you can see the destructive stupidity of the anti-activists

      • Justin Regalado

        again, more people commenting out of context.

    • PinoyTeens.Net

      This is a bit different from the “suicide” case. Just in case you’re too dumb to see the difference.

      This is one unfortunate incident, but it’s not by the undoing of anyone.

      • Jose

        It’s the will of god.

    • Justin Regalado

      hey guys, let’s not be insensitive dicks ok?

  • Patrick Celon

    They got the name and age wrong.
    Rodesto Mishael Laserna, age 16.

    • Jaives

      You’re not supposed to name minors.

      • Franz Christian Irorita

        Well they named him anyway, inaccurately.

      • Jao Romero

        only in cases involving crimes.

  • Guest

    will you guys stop it with the blaming the government and student rallies and everything? they have nothing to do with our friend’s death and seriously, nakakabastos lang

  • Franz Christian Irorita

    @Maykatmon:disqus @yahoo-QSBNZB3TEKHJE5A74STZTTUHC4:disqus @mabyrik:disqus Please do not be insensitive about the topic. Our friend died just two days before our graduation. Do not use his death to further your political agendas. Do not dishonor him like that.

    • PinoyTeens.Net

      Spot on. Haynako. Mga makitid ang utak. @_@

    • Jov Ati Ram

      Mr. Irorita, nakikiramay ako sa Pisay Batch ’03 at sa mga naiwan ni Mr. Lacerna. Alam kong labis ang dalang lungkot ng nangyaring ito sa inyong lahat. Nawa’y makaraos kayo sa pangyayaring ito sa buhay ninyo bilang mag-aaral sa Pisay, at tulungan nawa kayo ng Maykapal.


      He died of collapse. Other than that don’t think, don’t investigate, don’t say anything except, tsk…tsk…tsk… Ok, everything is fine. He is already dead …. RIP…

    •án/1614760226 John Mark Batu-de Guzmán


    • Red

      Welcome to the internet

      • Franz Christian Irorita

        Being in the Internet is not an excuse to become insensitive, Mr. Red. I’ve been here long enough but I still don’t think that anonymity should be used as such it is being used now.

  • muddygoose

    Condolences from batch 93.

  • freeview

    Heat stroke

  • Duke Dux Ducis


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