- An assistant special prosecutor of the Ombudsman was killed in Quezon City
- She was stabbed to death by an assailant while walking on the sidewalk
- Police eyed robbery as the main motive but also looking at all possible angles
MANILA, Philippines – A female prosecutor working for the Office of the Ombudsman was killed in a stabbing incident in Quezon City on Monday, June 4.
The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) identified the victim as Madonna Joy Tanyag, 33 years old and an assistant special prosecutor at the Ombudsman. Reports said the slain lawyer was five months pregnant.
Initial investigation by the police said Tanyag was walking along the sidewalk in Barangay Vasra around 10:20 am when she was attacked by an assailant with a knife. She sustained 3 stab wounds and was rushed to East Avenue Medical Center where she later died while undergoing treatment.
Tanyag had just bought a milk tea from a nearby shop and was walking towards her car when the suspect attacked her. A concerned male commuter saw her lying bloodied on the ground and called the attention of other passers-by.
Robbery is being eyed as the primary motive but investigators said they are looking at all possible angles.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has asked the Philippine National Police (PNP) to expedite the investigation in the case and make sure the suspect pay for his crime.
“The Office will leave no stone unturned in solving the case,” said Morales in a statement.
Tanyag’s grieving husband, Cris, was shocked after learning of his pregnant wife’s gruesome death and called for ‘swift justice’ for the victim. The couple also have a 2-year-old child.
Meanwhile, the PNP said it has formed a special task force to probe into Tanyag’s killing.
“Aside from the immediate creation of SITG Tanyag, police investigators are reviewing closed circuit television recordings at the crime scene to identify the suspect,” said QCPD director Chief Supt. Joselito Esquivel Jr.
Tanyag, a graduate of political science from UP Manila, mostly handled graft cases before her death.