PNP arrests suspect in Ombudsman prosecutor slay

Rambo Talabong
PNP arrests suspect in Ombudsman prosecutor slay
(UPDATED) Angelito Avenido is a 31-year-old jeepney barker in Quezon City

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has arrested the suspected killer of Ombudsman assistant special prosecutor Madonna Joy Ednaco Tanyag, who was stabbed to death on Monday, June 4.

She was 5 months pregnant.

According to the police progress report obtained by Rappler, jeepney barker Angelo Avenido was nabbed by Quezon City Police District (QCPD) cops at 5:45 pm on Monday, just hours after the killing.

Police suspect that lawyer Tanyag’s killing was a case of “robbery gone wrong” or robbery leading to homicide. 

Tanyag is the second Quezon City prosecutor to be slain in a month, following the riding-in-tandem ambush of Rogelio Velasco on May 11.

The motive: Police suspect that the killing was a case of “robbery gone wrong” or robbery leading to homicide.

Police recorded the recovery of the following items from the suspect:

  • Two black coin purses
  • A key
  • P9,000 in P1,000 bills
  • An Oppo mobile phone
  • Two identification cards (Super 8, Tanyag’s police clearance)

The PNP scheduled a press conference to expound on the case late Tuesday morning, June 5. The police created special investigation task group to handle Tanyag’s case.

The Office of the Ombudsman and fellow lawyers condemned the killing of Tanyag. –

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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.