Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Extreme Poverty Drives Woman To Kill Self In South RP

DAVAO CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 30 May) – A Filipino woman, despondent over the family’s extreme poverty condition, committed suicide in the southern province of Davao Oriental, police said on Wednesday.

Police said the 44-year old Berlita Cahilig was found dead inside her room next to a bottle of pesticide in the village of Mahayag in Lupon town on Tuesday.

Investigators said the woman had been telling her neighbors about their poverty and the failure of government to help the poor.

Many Filipinos live below the poverty line and the lack of government livelihood programs have aggravated the situation in many areas in the Philippines’ poorest provinces. (Romy Bwaga)

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