Police arrest suspect in prosecutor’s slay


Police arrested late Monday afternoon the primary suspect in the killing of a pregnant prosecutor of the Office of the Ombudsman in Quezon City, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said yesterday.

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NCRPO Director Guillermo Eleazar identified the arrested suspect as Angelo Galvez Avenido alias “Moymoy,” 31, a jeepney barker.

Avenido was presented at the NCRPO headquarters in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City, by Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde, Eleazar, and Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Director Joselito Esquivel.

Avenido was one of the two suspects in the death of lawyer Madona Joy Ednaco-Tanyag, 32, assistant special prosecutor of the Office of the Ombudsman and a resident of Marikina City. She was five months pregnant, police said.

Avenido was apprehended by members of QCPD’s Masambong Police Station and Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit at Palayan Dulo, Barangay Culiat, around 5:45 p.m. Monday, hours after the killing the victim in broad daylight, Eleazar said.

According to the NCRPO chief, police are eyeing robbery as the motive behind the slaying of lady prosecutor.

The victim’s pouch bag, which contained P9,000, several identification cards and a cellphone, was recovered from the suspect during the arrest, he added.

Police report showed that the victim was heading back to her parked car on Visayas Avenue in Barangay Vasra, Quezon City, after buying a milk tea when the suspect stabbed her repeatedly in the chest and fled.

Ednaco-Tanyag was rushed to the East Avenue Medical Center but she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Eleazar said the victim had been a prosecutor for two years, handling mostly graft cases.

Meanwhile, Avenido will be charged with robbery with homicide before the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office.