Adamson University student falls to her death after taking selfies

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Kristina Marie Pagalilauan of Adamson University died after falling off a condominium building in Manila Tuesday night (Photo taken from her Facebook page)

A 19-year-old student from Adamson University fell to her death Tuesday night after taking selfies at the roof deck of a condominium building in Manila. The victim has been identified as Kristina Marie Pagalilauan, a third year mass communication student from the said institution.

Speaking to TV5 News, Manila Police District homicide division chief P/S Inspector Romel Anicete explained that Pagalilauan just finished taking selfies with her friend and classmate Jonea Mildred Ani in the roof deck of the twenty-story Suntrust Parkview Condominium’s Dahlia Tower in Natividad Street, Ermita, Manila when the accident happened.

Nagse-selfie sila. Nakaharap muna sila dito sa building tapos nung hindi sila nakontento dahil mas maganda ang view pag nasa labas, humarap sila sa labas. Maya-maya sumandal yung biktima doon sa pader habang yung isa ay busy na tinitingnan yung mga picture nila. Paglingat nya, wala na yung kaklase nya,” Anicete said.

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Kristina Marie Pagalilauan of Adamson University died after falling off a condominium building in Manila Tuesday night (Photo taken from her Facebook page)

Anicete added that the MPD will be looking if the building’s owners can be held liable for their apparent negligence, noting that the roof deck wall is too low. “Kailangan naming malaman kung yun ba ang standard na taas,” he said. The building is still under construction which explains why railings which could have saved Pagalilauan’s life weren’t in place yet.

Meanwhile, a friend of the victim slammed media organizations for seemingly blaming Pagalilauan’s penchant for selfies for her death. In a Facebook post, her fellow Adamson University student Karl Isaac Santos stressed that there is nothing wrong with his late classmate’s hobby.

Kahit kailan, hindi nakamamatay ang pagse-selfie, kundi ang mga eksternal na puwersa, bagay, o sitwasyon habang kumukuha ng retrato. Kung mahilig magselfie si Nana, walang problema doon. May karapatan siyang mag-selfie,” he wrote. He likewise called on the administration of their university to issue a statement “correcting” the media’s reporting on the incident. His post has been shared over 400 times and has received over 1000 likes as of Wednesday night.

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