The rope that hanged Mariannet

What pushes an 11-year old girl to commit suicide? What squeezed the last drop of hope from a Grade 6 pupil that she despaired so much and hanged herself? Mariannet Amper said poverty did.

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At the very center of today’s Inquirer front page is the story of Mariannet Amper, an 11 year old girl from Maa, Davao City. The story is screaming. It is heartbreaking.

While all of us were busy remembering our dead loved ones last November 2, Mariannet took a length of rope, tied it around her neck and hanged herself. Her father father, Isabelo said that Mariannet asked him for P100 that she needed for a school project that needed to be submitted last November 5. He asked her to ask her mother as he did not have money. He later went to borrow P1,000 but when he came home Mariannet was already dead.

Under her pillow they found her diary and an unsent letter to Vicky Morales of Wish Ko Lang. Mariannet did not ask for much, all she asked were a bike, a school bag and work for her parents. she wrote:

Gusto ko na makatapos ako sa pag-aaral at gustong-gusto ko na makabili ng bagong bike

In her diary Mariannet wrote that she stopped counting her absences in school. Her father said that Mariannet and her younger brother Reynald skipped school for 3 days because they do not have money for “baon” and he did not want them to walk to school. Three days for Mariannet seemed a long time as she wrote in her diary -

Parang isang buwan na kaming absent. Hindi na kasi namin binibilang ang absent ko. Hindi ko namalayan na malapit na pala ang Pasko..

Another entry in her diary says:

Hindi kami nakapagsimba dahil wala kaming pamasahe at nilalagnat pa ang aking tatay kaya naglaba na lang kami ng aking nanay

Isabelo Amper is jobless most of the time. Her mother works as a laundry woman and a repacker in a noodles factory. They live in a house that do not have electricity nor running water.

What do you call a society that drives an 11 year old to commit suicide out of desperation and hopelessness? The Gloria’s henchmen say its an isolated case. In a separate article on the same newspaper, Gloria was boasting of a decrease in the number of families that say they are poor and ordered the additional allocation of P1B for poverty reduction programs. Where were you Ate Glo when Mariannet needed P100 that could have possibly given her a glimmer of hope? Where were your billions of pesos when she needed only P100?

The International Policy Research Institute of the United Nation says that 11 Million Filipinos live on less that $1 a day. How many Mariannet’s are still around us waiting for the last glimmer of hope to fade?

How many Mariannets does this government need to accept that abject poverty is real and it kills. How many times does Mariannet need to hang herself out of desperation before government will stop calling her death an isolated case?

28 Tugon

  1. =( dunno wat 2 say….

  2. this is heartbreaking, an 11 year old girl driven to suicide because of poverty? tsk tsk tsk my tears are for the innnocent lives na nawalan ng innocence dahil sa mga nakikita nilang isakandalo sa mundo…

  3. kawawang bata, kawawang pilipino..

  4. nakakaawa talaga siya, pero hindi siya nag-iisa.

  5. another victim of poverty. *sigh*

  6. Tsk! Bigla akong natahimik dito at nilukuban ng sobrang lungkot pagkabasa nito.

    Kawawa naman yung bata at yung magulang dahil hindi naman nila kasalanan ang maging mahirap, hindi rin sila naging tamad para humanap ng ikabubuhay nila.

    Sana hindi na maulit, at maging huli na itong pangyayaring ito. Totoong solusyon sana ang ibigay ng gobyerno at hindi pagpapabango lang sa imahe nila sa publiko ang gawin.

  7. Nako naman ang kahirapan. It’s killing us all.

  8. naawa ako sa kanya.. sana naman mabuksan na ang mata ng mga pulitiko dyan na ang tangi lang naiisip ay mangurakot..
    Pag pray na lang natin yung kaluluwa ni Mariannet.

  9. kung sa pangungurakot lang, wala na yatang tatalo sa mga politiko dito sa mindanao. bukod sa cagayan de oro, iligan, davao at mga ilan na cities eh wala na yatang may umaasenso pa.

    sumisikip dibdib ko habang pinapanood ‘to sa tv patrol. aligaga ngayon ang mga taga palasyo sa pag aasikaso sa pamilya ni mariannet kung kelan nagpakamatay na yung bata.

    isolated daw ang kaso ni mariannet. isolated my butt!!! asahan nyo na mas marami pang kaso na ganyan sa mga susunod na buwan lalo na’t tumaas na naman ang presyo ng gasolina.

    pati costing ng polvoron ko apektadooooooo! kingina!

  10. I aws also suicidal when i was 11 years old but the case of this girl is different. My heart goes out to all the families out there who are wallowing in poverty while the government is talking about Billions. This is just giving them a clearer signal of desperation.

  11. napanood ko yan kagabi sa news. ang sad.

    kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan diba? paano na pag madaming kagaya ni Mariannet?

  12. kawawang bata.. isa na naman sa mga biktima ng kahirapan sa pilipinas..

    tsk tsk tsk, para saan ang statistika kung ang sikmuran naman ng masang pilipino eh kumakalam?

    para saan ang pagsasabing umaangat at lumalakas ang piso, kung ang nagiging ganti naman nito ay ang unti unting pagkawala ng pag-asa para sa iilang pilipino para umangat ng antas??

    para san pa kaya yun?

    nakakaawang bata, tsk tsk tsk.. sana wala ng susunod pang batang dapat na wakasan ang buhay dahil sa kahirapan.. nakakalungkot isiping ganun ang kanyang sinapit.. may she rest in peace now..

    she’ve suffered enough..

  13. […] loses hope, hangs self” Mika: Poverty drives a 12-year-old girl to take her own life Selvo: The rope that hanged Mariannet Gerry Cacanindin: Mariannet: Death by suicide at 12 brandz18: To Mariannet Amper Jenny: Mariannet […]

  14. the ultimate tragedy here is that Mariannet already decided at a very young age that everything was already hopeless — that she and her family had absolutely nothing else left to look forward to.

    to have the optimism inherent in youth totally drained from someone scares the hell out of me…

    what if Mariannet had been my own daughter?

  15. Oh my God! Koya, di ko kinaya ang news na ito. Nakakalungkot.

  16. […] read in Kuya Selvo’s blog today about Mariannet Amper, a young girl who committed suicide. What could drive a 12 year old […]

  17. […] Nomadic Thoughts rants along the same lines: Gloria’s henchmen say its an isolated case. In a separate article on the same newspaper, Gloria was boasting of a decrease in the number of families that say they are poor and ordered the additional allocation of P1B for poverty reduction programs. Where were you Ate Glo when Mariannet needed P100 that could have possibly given her a glimmer of hope? Where were your billions of pesos when she needed only P100? […]

  18. kawawang bata…di ko alam magiging reaction ko…ilan pa kayang Mariannet ang hinihintay ng gobyerno para kumilos…HELLLOOOOOOOO walang pagbabago ang pinas…pano nga magbabago eh puro kurakot ang mga nakaupo.Puro pagpapayaman sa sariling bulsa inaatupag… Ngaun patay na papadalhan nyo ng kung ano ano…nung buhay pa di nyo matulungan….Hayssssssss buhay nga nmn.

  19. Unless society will get its act together, poverty will not be addressed. In my opinion,

    The RC Church must cooperate in population management. Preventing the sperm from meeting the egg, whether natural or not, is not abortion. But messing it up after the union is already a crime.
    The rich in society to act like a big brother to the poor ones

    Employers to give and do more, when capable
    The rich barangay for a poor barangay
    In our own little way, we can share our time. resources, talents to educate, assist and help the less privilege get out of their situation.

    Citizens action, poltical will to rid our society of the corrupt and cheaters.
    More budget for education, health and other public services.

  20. the big problem about our government is it’s not digging deep enough. it thinks that airing a couple of “ramdam ko ang asenso” tv ads will do the trick. come on. who are they kidding? napaka-superficial minsan ng solutions na binibigay nila. pano yung mga deeply rooted officials, este, problems na nandyan na simula palang? whatever it is your cause, kuya selvo, against poverty, i will support you.

  21. hello manong,

    this is so sad.. words just escape me. :(

  22. nabasa ko nga din po ito.. nakakaawa nga siya.

  23. kawawa naman xa .. hmmm.. hope that the government will focus on this issue…

  24. Kawawa naman, sana matauhan yang mga kurakot na nakaupo sa gobyerno at tulungan ang mga taong nangangailangan. Hayyy, walang pagbabago….

  25. I like your question, “What do you call a society that drives an 11 year old to commit suicide out of desperation and hopelessness? ”

    I think it’s a society that needs change, a society that needs to change, a society that needs to be changed! Where do we begin?

  26. i was touched by here story in Wish Ko Lang…

  27. […] newly found friends here in the blogosphere… to Kath, Nika, Lex, Pao, Ate Maru, Ate Kengkay, Kuya Selvo, Jojitah, Malen… and special mention ko rin po si lordmanilastone…. to all of you guys […]

  28. […] loses hope, hangs self” Mika: Poverty drives a 12-year-old girl to take her own life Selvo: The rope that hanged Mariannet Gerry Cacanindin: Mariannet: Death by suicide at 12 brandz18: To Mariannet Amper Jenny: Mariannet […]

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