Killer of prosecutor Tanyag: ‘It was an accident’

Rambo Talabong

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Killer of prosecutor Tanyag: ‘It was an accident’
'Aksidente lang 'yung nangyari kasi nag-agawan kami. Hindi ko sinasadya 'yun,' says self-confessed killer Angelito Avenido

MANILA, Philippines – Angelito Avenido, the suspect in the robbery and killing of Ombudsman assistant special prosecutor Madonna Joy Ednaco Tanyag, admitted to the crime.

According to him, he did not intend to kill her, and it was just an “accident.”

“Aksidente lang ‘yung naganap. Nag-agawan lang kami. Aksidente lang ‘yung nangyari kasi nag-agawan kami. Hindi ko sinasadya ‘yun, kaya humihingi ako ng pasensya sa mga mahal niya sa buhay,” Avenido said, addressing the public following a press conference on Tuesday, June 5.

(What happened was an accident. We fought for [her belongings]. It was an accident because I did not intend for it to happen, so I am asking for forgiveness from her loved ones.)

His statement matches the police’s theory that it was a robbery gone wrong.

According to police, Avenido wanted to rob the lawyer so that he could get more money to buy illegal drugs.

He tested positive for methamphetamine (shabu) in a recent test done by cops. –

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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.