Police Signs of suicide

Posted on March 4, 2011



Colleagues, students to offer Mass for ‘good teacher’

By Chito O. Aragon and Princess Gabunales, Correspondents
Police said they found no evidence of foul play in the death of Cebu Normal University (CNU) history professor John Munalim.

Munalim’s hands were stained with blood, showing he had slashed his own neck, said Supt. Nestor Sator, who conducted an autopsy of the body.

The police finding is hard to believe, according to the victim’s wife, who insisted the teacher had no reason to take his own life.

The cut in Munalim’s neck and the lack of any other wounds in the body indicate that he committed suicide, said Sator, crime laboratory and medico-legal office director of the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7).

SPO2 Jay Yballe, homicide chief investigator, said there was no sign of a struggle inside Munalim’s house along M.Velez Street, barangay Capitol Site in Cebu City.

Bloodstains on the doorknob and in the living room and kitchen indicate that Munalim closed the door when he started to cut his throat and passed through the living room and kitchen on his way to the bathroom, where he sat on the toilet bowl and was found dead on Wednesday.

CNU vice president for academic affairs Dominiciana Bandala offered condolences to Munalim’s bereaved.

“We give our deepest sympathy to his family,” Bandala said.

“He was a good teacher and it is a big loss for the school.”

The school will offer Mass for the professor’s soul and pay him their last respects tomorrow, when he will be buried, she said. A substitute will be assigned to handle Munalim’s class until the school year ends, Bandala said.

Colleagues and students said a suicide was hard to believe because Munalim was visibly happy in his last days in school.

Munalim was warm and friendly to all in CNU, where he started teaching in 2003. He cracked jokes while discussing history and called his students “pangga (beloved),” said a student who refused to be named.

A colleague said that Munalim appeared in all his classes on his last day, but another said that he was anxious and told him, “Please pray for me.”

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