BACOLOD City – The chief of the Police Station 1 (PS1) here advised the management of SM City Bacolod to review its safety rails inside their establishment after another suicide incident happened inside its premises on Feb. 1, 2017.
Senior Inspector Eugene Tolentino, PS1 commander, said it would be better if the management reconstructs the safety rails and make them higher to deter any individual from jumping to their deaths.
Judging by the construction of the railings, Tolentino said even kids and teenagers who are doing horseplay could easily fall down due to the lowered-design of the rails.
“It would be best if they make the railings a bit higher, or introduce glass panels which could serve as a blocker,” Tolentino said.
May Castro, SM City Bacolod public relations officer, said they have noted Tolentino’s advice.
Castro said the railings inside the establishment adheres to building and safety codes as these are made of tempered glass and taller than the standard height of a person.
“However, all suggestions are noted, thanks. The safety of customers and mall goers will always be our concern,” Castro added.
The 17-year-old victim who jumped inside the mall is now out of danger and is recovering at the hospital after undergoing surgery.
Police said the teenager, whom they have refused to identify, suffered fractures and is currently under close medical observation.
Based on initial police investigation, the victim was deep in “love problems” and attempted to take his own life by jumping from the third floor of SM City Bacolod’s North Wing Annex evening of Feb. 1.
The mall staff immediately provided first aid to the victim before bringing him to the hospital.
This is not the first time that an individual tried to commit suicide inside the mall.
In March 2016, German national Richard Harbich also jumped from the third floor after he was allegedly duped by his Filipina lover.