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Funeral services for UP suicide victim held

The remains of freshman Behavioral Science student Kristel Tejada was brought to the College of Arts and Science (CAS) building of the University of Philippines Manila around 9 a.m. Wednesday. As this developed, classes at the UPM CAS was suspended to give way for the necrological mass and vigil for Tejada who committed suicide on March 15 after she was allegedly forced by her school to take a leave of absence for failure to pay her tuition fees. Tejada took her life by drinking silver cleaner in their house in Tondo, Manila. Her death sparked outrage among various groups including students and faculty members of the school who even called for the resignation of two of the school’s ranking officials. Tejada's burial is scheduled on Saturday at the Manila North Cemetery. In the wake of Tejada’s death, UP President Alfredo Pascual said they need a commitment from Malacanang to provide UP with more funding. He said an increase in the state university’s budget allocation from the government is critical. Dr. Anthony Leaachon, UPM Information and Public Affairs Director said there is a disparity of the needs of the students for lower tuition fees and the capacity of the school system to finance the quality of education.
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