Breaking: PBA cager Mark Cardona in ICU after overdosing on pills

  • Basketballer found unconscious after overdosing on pills
  • He was brought to a hospital where his vital signs were stabilized
  • He earlier posted and then deleted a cupful of pills on his Instagram account
  • His sister said domestic problems with his partner one of the causes

MANILA, Philippines – Get well soon, “Captain Hook”.

PBA player Mark Cardona was brought to a hospital on Sunday morning, August 21 after overdosing on prescription pills in an apparent bid to take his own life.

A local Parañaque councilor assisted Cardona after the NLEX guard was discovered at around 9 AM unconscious inside his home.

He is currently confined at the ICU of Perpetual Help Medical Center in Las Piñas, with his sister Rowena saying his vital signs have since stabilized.

According to her, Cardona indicated his intent to take his own life during their last phone call.

“Ang huling nasabi lang po niya sa akin, ‘Ate, hindi ko na kaya.’ Nagpapaalam siya… Nararamdaman ko na may balak siyang gawin sa sarili niya,” she told ABS-CBN.

[The last thing he told me was “Ate, I can’t take it anymore.’ He said goodbye, I felt like he was going to do something to himself.]

Rowena also pointed to the domestic dispute between her brother and his live-in partner Bianca Jackes as one of the causes of his breakdown.

“Isa iyon sa ikina-depress sa kapatid ko na nag-trigger sa kanya na gawin ‘to sa sarili niya. Sarili naman niya ang sinaktan niya,” she said.

[That’s one of the reasons that triggered my brother to do that to himself. He hurt himself.]

However, Rowena denied that Cardona pointed a gun at Jackes during their confrontation; saying he does not own one.

Cardona was arrested by authorities on Friday after Jackes complained of domestic violence against him. He was later released through the help of the same councilor who rushed him to the hospital.

Over the weekend, he posted pictures of a cupful of prescription pills on his Instagram before deleting them. His account can also no longer be found.

For those suffering from depression and are thinking of taking their own lives, please reconsider. Your life is too precious to be set aside. Many people are very much willing to listen and help you. Just call any of these numbers and let them know how you feel:

Manila Lifeline Centre: Call 02-896-9191 or 0917-854-9191.

The Natasha Goulbourn Foundation: Call 02-804-HOPE (4673) or 0917-558-HOPE (4673). You may also use their toll-free number for all Globe and TM subscribers, at 2919. Visit their website at

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