By Nitz Arancon and Mark Francisco
A MAN allegedly leaped to death inside the Centrio mall past noontime yesterday.
The alleged suicide was identified as 28-year old bachelor Roberto Manlod Salud Jr., an electrical engineer, from Agora, Lapasan.
Witnesses from the Golden Friendship Ladies Eagles Club who were conducting a blood-letting program at that time said they saw Salud jump from the 3rd floor of the mall.
Salud landed on Centrio’s activity center near Starbucks at around 12:55 pm. His face was disfigured and his head cracked.
The man died on the spot; he was declared dead on arrival at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) by Dr. John Feliciano.
The incident happened while many were still having lunch and while others milled about.
“Hala, luora uy!” a college student exclaimed as curious onlookers gathered near the lifeless Salud whose nose and mouth were smashed as a result of the impact. Soon, there was a red pool as blood dripped on the floor from the man’s nose and mouth.
A female paramedic, Iris Gay Pagalan, and a male responder rushed to the scene and desperately tried to resuscitate Salud. They later realized there was nothing they can do to save the man.
From the NMMC, Salud’s remains were brought to the Bollozos Funeral Homes in Bulua.
Salud’s sister, who asked not to be named, said she could not believe that her brother committed suicide. She said she could not think of a reason why Salud would do that.
At least four workers died there on separate occasions during the mall’s construction. Salud was the first to die inside the mall since its opening late last year.