In a somber turn of events at Signal Village National High School in Taguig City, the lifeless bodies of two students, 15-year-old Mary Nicole Picar and 13-year-old Irish Sheen Manalo, were discovered on the school’s third floor Friday night. The last known sighting of the girls was around 7:45 p.m. by a 16-year-old witness, who later found them lifeless. Concerns arose when the victims did not return home, prompting the witness to report the incident to school authorities.
Family members, rejecting the notion of suicide, are urging a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths. Rhea Manalo, a relative, took to Facebook seeking assistance and claimed that police removed the bodies without a proper examination by Scene of the Crime Operations (SOCO) personnel. The family is awaiting autopsy results.
Adding to the complexity, allegations of uncooperativeness by the school surfaced, with claims that none of the closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras were operational. Rhea emphasized her cousin’s academic achievements and involvement in the Girl Scouts of the Philippines, expressing disbelief at the idea of suicide.
While the motive behind the tragic incident remains unclear, the Department of Education (DepEd) stated that its Schools Division Office is collaborating with SOCO for an official report. DepEd spokesman Michael Poa assured that the school is also working with the victims’ families to provide support during this difficult time.