Ombudsman prosecutor stabbed to death in front of lottery outlet

Rambo Talabong
(3rd UPDATE) Madonna Joy Ednaco Tanyag, assistant special prosecutor at the Office of the Ombudsman, is stabbed in front of a lottery outlet in Quezon City

STABBED DEAD. A lawyer identified as a prosecutor for the Office of the Ombudsman is killed in front of a lottery store. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of the story identified two suspects based on a wrongly worded police report. We have made the necessary changes after the Quezon City police issued a clarification.

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – An Ombudsman prosecutor was stabbed to death Monday, June 4, police said. 

According to an initial police report, Madonna Joy Ednaco Tanyag, assistant special prosecutor (ASP) at the Office of the Ombudsman, was stabbed at around 11:20 am in front of a lottery outlet located along Visayas Avenue in Barangay Vasra, Quezon City. 

Tanyag was declared dead at the East Avenue Medical Center by a certain Doctor Julio Rafael Santos at 12:04 pm.

Investigators on top of the case said the suspects have yet to be nabbed, and the motive of the incident has yet to be established. 

In a statement released to reporters on Monday, the Office of the Ombudsman announced that it had asked the PNP for a thorough investigation, “and to ensure that the perpetrators are immediately caught.”

“The Office will leave no stone unturned in solving the case. The Office extends its deepest condolences to the family of ASP Tanyag,” it said.  – Rappler.com 

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.