Pregnant lawyer stabbed to death in QC, husband pleads for justice

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The slain lawyer had been working on graft cases against corrupt officials. Her husband is calling on possible witnesses to help him bring his wife's killer to justice.

33-year-old Madonna Joy Tanyag, an assistant special prosecutor in the Office of the Ombudsan was stabbed to death on Monday, June 4.

According to a report by ABS-CBN News, Tanyag had just stepped out  to buy milk tea when she was stabbed three times and killed. Though Barangay officials rushed her to East Avenue Medical Center, she was declared dead on arrival.

She was five months pregnant.

Pregnant Lawyer Stabbed to Death: Husband Calls on Possible Witnesses

The brutal murder happened in broad daylight, at around 10:30 a.m., says police.

ABS-CBN Journalist April Rafales reports that Tanyag had just left the Sandiganbayan when she was slain. The Ombudsman’s office has employed Tanyag for two years to work on graft cases.

“The Office will leave no stone unturned in solving the case,” Ombudsman Morales said in a statement.


Tanyag was an alumna of the University of The Philippines-Manila political science program. In a Facebook post on their official page, they condemned the “barbaric act” and urged law enforcement to “bring the perpetrators to justice.”

“Sana tulungan niyo po akong i-deliver ang hustisya sa asawa ko (I hope you can help me (find) justice for my wife).”

Tanyag’s husband, Cris, with whom the slain lawyer has another daughter, called on possible witnesses to help them find justice.

“Sana tulungan niyo po akong i-deliver ang hustisya sa asawa ko (I hope you can help me (find) justice for my wife),” he said. “Hindi ko akalain, sa lahat ng tao, sa amin pa mangyayari (I never thought that, out of all the people, this would happen to us).”

Nearly three months before her death, Cris paid tribute to his wife for her determination to uphold justice.


“This is my wife working to prosecute erring and corrupt officials. This is her battle, our battle…”

“It is 2:00am on a Sunday morning. This is my wife working to prosecute erring and corrupt officials.This is her battle, our battle,” he wrote in a post dated March 11, 2018. “This is how far her patriotism moves her against well funded law firms and powerful families. With her decade old notepad, a few cups of coffee and drive, she is unstoppable.”

Our hearts and deepest sympathies go out to Cris and the rest of the Tanyag family. May they find justice and peace during this difficult time.

source: ABS-CBN News

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Bianchi Mendoza

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