Main suspect in Ombudsman prosecutor’s slay arrested

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  • The police have arrested the main suspect in the stabbing of an Ombudsman lawyer
  • He was one of the two persons of interest in the crime
  • Police recovered from the suspect some of the victim’s personal belongings

MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) on Tuesday said the primary suspect in the killing of an Ombudsman special assistant prosecutor in now in their custody after being arrested hours after the crime took place.

Madonna Joy Tanyag, a 33-year-old lawyer working for the Office of the Ombdusman, was stabbed to death in broad daylight as she was walking to her car in Barangay Vasra around 10:20 am on Monday. She sustained 3 stabbed wounds which led to her death.

Tanyag, who had been working for the anti-graft body handling graft cases for two years, was 5 months pregnant and also had a 2-year-old child.

On Tuesday, the Philippine National Police (PNP) presented to the media the main suspect in the crime – Angelo Galvez Avenido, alias “Moymoy”. Avenido is reportedly a jeepney barker and a notorious drug user.

He is one of the two persons of interest in the crime the PNP said they have taken into custody. Avenido was arrested during a follow-up operation in Barangay Culiat around 8 pm Monday.

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Initial report from the QCPD said Tanyag was walking towards her car when Avenido followed her inside the vehicle then stabbed her three times. The suspect then took the lawyer’s personal belongings before fleeing the scene.

The police said they have recovered Tanyag’s ID cards and some cash from Avenido. ‘Robbery gone wrong’ has been initially eyed as the primary motive but investigators are not discounting the possibility that the crime may have been job-related.

The PNP said it has formed a special task force to work full time on Tanyag’s killing.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales also condemned the murder and vowed that her office will leave no stone unturned to solve the case.