Quantcast
Latest Stories

Belgian student dies in apparent suicide in Bacolod

By

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines— A Belgian in Bacolod City as a foreign exchange student allegedly jumped to his death from a building at the La Consolacion College main campus at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

The fatality was identified as Matthew Geurts, 18, a temporary resident of Barangay Bata, Bacolod City, said Chief Insp. Danilo Francisco, Bacolod City police Station 1 commander.

Geurts, who was taking up fine arts, major in digital media, at LCC-Bacolod, was a scholar of the American Field Service Organization (AFS).

A student and an employee of the school told the police that they saw Geurts at the top floor of the five-story Mother Ignacia Consuelo Barcelo Activity Center and later saw him falling onto the quadrangle, Francisco said.

A letter which the police believed to be a suicide note was recovered from Geurts. However, there was no one to interpret its content as it was written in French, Francisco said.

Geurts was rushed to the Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.

Roderick Samonte, director for external relations of the University of St. La Salle and president of the AFS Bacolod chapter, said Geurts had been in Bacolod City for six months.

Samonte said that Geurts was one of 11 foreign nationals sent to Bacolod as part of the AFS’ inter-cultural program. They include French, Germans, Thais, Japanese, an Argentinian and a Panamanian.

Samonte said two representatives from the AFS Manila chapter would be coming to Bacolod City to get a report on the investigation conducted by the police and the National Bureau of Investigation.

Samonte added that the AFS chapter in Manila has informed the family of Geurts about what happened to him.

 Originally posted at 11:25 am | Wednesday, January 23, 2012


Follow Us


Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: American Field Service Organization , Bacolod city , Belgian national , Foreign affairs , foreign exchange student , La Consolacion College , Matthew Geurts , Police , suicide

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ETIVE4H6I7ZVBAL72HE3VLGCA4 nicosan

    may google translate naman ah

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/AIYSIJJOL4JNRLHXVTGUH3NYHM The Overlord

      Try translating Filipino to English in Google Translate. Imagine how much more hilarious it would be if it were French to English.

      • Diepor

        French to english work much better.

    • mia vargas

      j

  • Cano Manuel

    “A letter which the police believed to be a suicide note was recovered from Geurts. However, there was no one to interpret its content as it was written in French, Francisco said.”

    “A student and an employee of the school told the police that they saw Geurts on the rooftop of the Mother Ignacia Consuelo Barcelo Activity Center and later saw him falling onto the quadrangle, Francisco said.”

    How could they assume it was suicide if they could not even confirm the content of the letter? Seeing someone on the rooftop and later on falling to the ground does not necessitate that the person indeed made a leap to his death. 

    I was once on a roof top and I fell, because I slipped!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/AIYSIJJOL4JNRLHXVTGUH3NYHM The Overlord

      You don’t write something that “looks” like a suicide note, go to the top floor of a school building, then have yourself found hours later dead. It’s called “apparent” suicide for a reason.

      • Cano Manuel

        I was once on a roof top and I slipped. I fell. That time I kept a lot of journals about how I saw the world, but they were never suicide notes. If I died when I fell, I would haunt those who would claim I died of suicide.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/AIYSIJJOL4JNRLHXVTGUH3NYHM The Overlord

        But you didn’t die anyway.

      • batangpaslit

        hahaha…you mean, multo ni Cano ang sumasagot sa ‘yo, Bro?

      • Cano Manuel

        Cano doesn’t exist. It’s an alias, a decoy, a representation. 

      • Cano Manuel

        If I had died, people would think I committed suicide. So my point is, it is too early to tell without any substantial evidence that the person indeed leaped to his death. Seeing a person falling from a rooftop and getting a letter written in French does not substantiate a claim that he apparently committed suicide. That is just a theory. 

    • http://twitter.com/masterdadabelle dada belle

      there is a barrier at the rooftop to ensure our safety though… One does not simply slip.

      • Cano Manuel

        I see. That is good point. 

      • batangpaslit

        you mean, si Mr Manuel is not writing in truth? drama nia lang ‘yon na nadulas sia?
        i have four houses—two in the Philippines, and two in North America.
        but my rooftops have no barriers.
        I designed it like the rooftop of bahay kubo.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/AIYSIJJOL4JNRLHXVTGUH3NYHM The Overlord

        Aww, too bad for you. Hope you don’t slip in any of your houses’ rooftops. :)

        My capsule dome in Mars effectively bars anyone from going to the rooftop, so you can’t slip up there in any way. Same as for my house in Uranus. :)

      • batangpaslit

        chuckles…

        can’t afford to pay my fare in buying seat that is scheduled to whisk me to Mars and to Uranus, hence, i can’t visit your home above the stratosphere.
        i have my earthly abode with its roof designed in inverted V to drain down rain water and snow when it thaws in Spring.

        levity aside, you have a nimble mind and a sense of humor to boot. am impressed

      • Cano Manuel

        that is soooooo legit

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/AIYSIJJOL4JNRLHXVTGUH3NYHM The Overlord

        Mwah! Thanks, dahling! :)

      • Cano Manuel

        Actually, it happened where I resided at the time. And it happened spectacularly embarrassing. We had guests that time and everyone was stunned to see me fall in a quite atypical manner. If you know what I mean. HAHA! 

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/AIYSIJJOL4JNRLHXVTGUH3NYHM The Overlord

        You should congratulate yourself for a job well done: you gave everyone a good time. Not everyone has the talent to do that.

      • http://twitter.com/masterdadabelle dada belle

        we’re talking about the barrier on the rooftop of our school since we were at the same school as Guerts… I’m not talking about mr. Manuel’s house and how he slipped.

      • batangpaslit

        i read you
        as an afterthought, after responding to the banter of The Overlord, an impression invaded my mind that perhaps you were referring to the building where the Belgian student fall off.

      • Cano Manuel

        I am telling the truth. If you can’t believe it, so be it. I understand some “rare” occurrence doesn’t always make people believe they are. 

    • batangpaslit

      hehehe…
      huli sila Tsong ano. hindi na news reporting kundi nauwi sa ”tsismis”

    • mia vargas

      j

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    …poor soul!

  • batangpaslit

    no one to translate French?
    what about the French or Belgian Embassy?
    or,
    a student taking up European languages?

  • Issah Asistido

    Poor Matt.. Somehow, I think, that the problem was that no one really reached out for you.. You always smiled when called, you never showed you were in some kind of trouble at all…

    RIP

  • jolly_baby

    If someone  reaches out, it will also be ignored.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_25BM5L3KGNGRUHC2HD3PT3RWV4 MuslimMary

    Was the cement’s next of kin notified?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4F6OACF6SDP6P5SDNVKLX3GROQ Primo

    He committed suicide in the school and the school does not know how to find ways to translate french to English? (nevermind french to Tagalog, it won’t make sense) that’s crazy..LCC teaches french for their HRM student how come they knew nothing about french language? sucks then why not try Online dictionary then…feel bad



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
Advertisement

News

  • UN heads say Syria aid needs ‘largely unanswered’
  • Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea
  • UK woman held for murder after children’s bodies found
  • Washington calls S. Sudan violence an ‘abomination’
  • Abducted soldier freed in Compostela Valley
  • Sports

  • Kevin Garnett responds to Raptors’ GM F word
  • Albert Pujols hits 500th HR of major league career
  • UST posts twin kill in Filoil pre-season cup opening day
  • Wizards beat Bulls in OT to take 2-0 series lead
  • Pacers rally past Hawks 101-85 to even series
  • Lifestyle

  • Entering the monkhood a rite of passage
  • Haneda International Airport: A destination on its own
  • Wanted: Beauty queen with a heart that beats for the environment
  • Kim Atienza: At home with art and design
  • Life lessons I want to teach my son
  • Entertainment

  • Ex-Fox exec denies allegations in sex abuse suit
  • Kris Aquino backtracks, says Herbert Bautista and her are ‘best friends’
  • Summer preview: Chris Pratt enters a new ‘Galaxy’
  • Bon Jovi helps open low-income housing in US
  • Summer movie preview: Bay reboots ‘Transformers’
  • Business

  • McDonald’s 1Q profit slips as US sales decline
  • SEC approves SM’s P15B retail bond offer
  • $103M Vista Land bonds tendered for redemption
  • Oil slips to $102 as US crude supplies seen rising
  • SC stops Meralco power rate hike anew
  • Technology

  • Engineers create a world of difference
  • Bam Aquino becomes Master Splinter’s son after Wiki hack
  • Mark Caguioa lambasts Ginebra teammates on Twitter
  • Brazil passes trailblazing Internet privacy law
  • New York police Twitter campaign backfires badly
  • Opinion

  • One-dimensional diplomacy: A cost-benefit analysis of Manila’s security deal with Washington
  • No ordinary illness
  • Reforest mountains with fire trees and their kind
  • Day of the Earth
  • When will Chinese firm deliver new coaches?
  • Global Nation

  • Hong Kong accepts PH apology; sanctions also lifted
  • China won’t budge, wants PH gov’t to apologize to HK
  • Cha cha train to follow Obama visit?
  • No word yet on inking of US-PH defense pact during Obama visit
  • Filipina, 51, shot dead by 24-year-old American boyfriend
  • Marketplace