Slain prosecutor was 5 months pregnant

MANILA, Philippines – Madonna Joy Ednaco Tanyag, the lawyer stabbed to death in front of a lottery outlet in Quezon City, was 5 months pregnant.

This was disclosed by the University of the Philippines (UP) Manila Political Science Program in a Facebook post on Monday, June 4. Tanyag was a student of the program in her undergraduate years.

"Today, our alumna, Assistant State Prosecutor Madonna Joy Ednaco Tanyag, was murdered in broad daylight. She was 5 months pregnant," reads the post, released just hours after Tanyag was declared dead.

Reached for clarification on how the faculty knew, the department, through its Facebook page, said one of their professors knew Tanyag personally.

"The UP Manila Political Science Program condemns this barbaric act in the strongest possible terms. We call on law enforcement authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice, and put an end to the worsening climate of impunity in the country," the department said. – 

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers security, crime, and the city of Manila for Rappler. He was chosen as a Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.