Pregnant Ombudsman lawyer killed, primary suspect arrested

Photo from ABS-CBN News.
Photo from ABS-CBN News.

A lawyer working as an assistant special prosecutor in the Philippines’ Office of the Ombudsman was stabbed and killed yesterday after what the police call a “robbery [gone] wrong.”

The victim, Madonna Joy Tanyag was 33 years old. According to a Facebook post from her alma mater UP Manila, she was five months pregnant.

The incident happened yesterday at around 11:20am on a sidewalk in front of a lotto outlet in Quezon City’s Visayas Ave., Rappler cited the initial police report.

ABS-CBN News reported that the victim was on her way back to the office after buying milk tea when assailants approached and stabbed her in what the police suspect was a robbery attempt.

“Atty. Joy Tanyag was a victim of an apparent robbery [gone] wrong,” Quezon City police director Chief Supt. Joselito Esquivel told radio station DZMM in Filipino.

Police found that Tanyag incurred three stab wounds. She was then brought to the East Avenue Medical Center by two barangay officials but was declared dead on arrival.

Tanyag had been working at the Office of the Ombudsman for two years and worked on graft cases.

In a statement released yesterday, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said that their office would “leave no stone unturned in solving the case” and requested for the Philippine National Police PNP to thoroughly investigate the incident.

Earlier today, the police announced that they have arrested the primary suspect Angelo Galvez Avenido (aka Moymoy) in a follow-up operation in Quezon City last night.

ABS-CBN News reported that police found the suspect in possession of the victim’s ID.

Two others who are possibly linked to the incident have also been taken into police custody, Esquivel said.

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