UPLB student found dead

A graduating student of the University of the Philippines in Los Baños, Laguna was found dead before noon on Thursday, police said.

Regina Marikit de Vera, 21, a senior student from the College of Forestry, was found dead at around 11:30 a.m. inside her rented apartment at Umali Subdivision, Barangay (village) Batong Malake, said Police Officer 1 Juanito dela Torre, case investigator.

Another student and De Vera’s housemate, Maria Dolores Manga, had returned from school break and found the victim’s body hanging by a belt tied to a metal hanger behind their bedroom’s door.

Dela Torre said police were probing the suicide angle based on reports that De Vera flunked a subject, which would have delayed her graduation from the university.

But Roberto Cereno, a faculty member of the College of Forestry, appealed to the public to not hastily pass judgment during the investigation

“There might be a foul play. I don’t see much reason for her to kill herself,” he said by phone.

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