Ombudsman prosecutor slay may be 'robbery gone wrong' – QCPD

MANILA, Philippines – The killing of Ombudsman assistant special prosecutor Madonna Joy Ednaco Tanyag  may have been a case of a "robbery gone wrong."

The Quezon City Police District on Monday, June 4, said they are looking into the angle as they probe into the death of Tanyag, who had been carrying a child for 5 months before she was stabbed to death in broad daylight.

"Robbery po ang isa sa mga tinitingnan nating motibo sa pagkakapatay sa biktima, subalit lahat ng maaring anggulo sa pagpaslang sa biktima ay iimbestigahan din natin,” QCPD head Chief Superintendent Joselito Esquivel said in a statement released to reporters.

(Robbery is one of the motives we are looking at in the killing of the victim, but we are investigating all possible angles in the killing of the victim)

As of late Monday night, police have not announced the capture of a suspect in the lawyer's killing.

In an earlier message to reporters, Esquivel said the angle being probed by cops "initially" was "robbery gone wrong." (READ: Slain prosecutor was 5 months pregnant)

Police have yet to disclose what led them to the motive, as they have not confirmed evidence pointing to the crime such as signs of struggle or the absence or loss of possessions.

To show the police district's commitment, Esquivel formed a 9-member Special Investigation Task Group (SITG), named "SITG Tanyag", to work full-time on the prosecutor's case.

The team will be led by QCPD's operations chief Senior Superintendent Ronaldo Ylagan. –

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.