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A controversial suicide, a confusing tragedy

/ 10:50 PM April 11, 2013

The controversy surrounding Kristel Tejada’s death is both sad and confusing.

It is sad that a young, promising life was lost and, tragically, by suicide. And blame has been cast on a system perceived to be flawed and on people equally perceived as observing the rules of the system to the letter.

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It is confusing that the factors that led to the suicide have been relegated as side issues; suicide is an extremely complex reaction to factors of stress which, more often than not, are multiple and cumulative.

It is sad that Kristel’s death is attributed to a single event.

It is confusing that blame is placed on the managers of a system that is inherently dynamic and evolves according to what is needed and what could be provided, all within the context of a set of rules.

It is sad that for observing the rules of a system, perceived to be flawed, people are blamed. It really is a sad fact that what maintains order for the many is always a set of rules.

—ROBERTO S. SOLIS, MD

425 Arnaiz Ave., Pasay City

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