Police forms task group to investigate prosecutor's death

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 4) — The Quezon City Police has formed a task force to investigate the death of a prosecutor from the Office of the Ombudsman.

Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Director Police CSupt. Joselito T. Esquivel Jr. said Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) Tanyag was formed to probe the killing of Assistant Special Prosecutor Madonna Joy Ednaco-Tanyag.

A police report said Tanyag was stabbed around 11:20 a.m. Monday in Barangay. Vasra, Quezon City.

Esquivel said they were looking at robbery as one of the motives behind the incident, however, they were considering all possible angles.

"Lahat ng maaaring anggulo sa pagpaslang sa biktima ay iimbestigahan din natin [We will investigate all possible angles in the killing of the victim]. Aside from the immediate creation of SITG Tanyag, police investigators are reviewing closed circuit television recordings at the crime scene to identify the suspect," Esquivel added.

Authorities have yet to release information on any possible suspects in the incident.

Arjay Cunanan, a witness to the incident, said he heard shouting saying that a woman was stabbed and lying bloodied on the ground.

He sought help from barangay officials who brought the victim to East Avenue Medical Center.

Tanyag, who sustained three stab wounds, was declared dead around 12:04 p.m.

A source said Tanyag was at the Sandiganbayan attending a hearing before the incident happened.

The Office of the Ombudsman released a statement on Tanyag's death, saying it "extends its deepest condolences" to her family.

"Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has requested the Philippine National Police to thoroughly investigate the case involving the death of ASP Madonna Joy Tanyag and to ensure that the perpetrators are immediately caught," the statement read.

The statement added they would "leave no stone unturned" to solve the case.

Tanyag graduated with a degree in political science from UP Manila.

On Monday, the UP Manila Political Science Program posted a statement on their Facebook page condemning Tanyag's killing.

"The UP Manila Political Science Program condemns this barbaric act in the strongest possible terms. We call on law enforcement authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice, and put an end to the worsening climate of impunity in the country," they said.

The post also said that Tanyag was five months pregnant when she was killed.