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Police Not Ruling Out Foul Play In Trina Failon Shooting? (UPDATED With Ted Failon Being ‘Invited For Questioning ‘ By Police)

April 15, 2009


Police investigators are still gathering evidence and the victim is reported to be fighting for her life.

But this is no ordinary police story because it is Ted Failon, the Philippines’ top primetime TV news anchor and the second half of the top-rating morning radio commentary show who is on the front and center of the breaking news.

Failon, Ted Etong in real life, is undergoing questioning by police.

The news account broadcast just minutes ago on ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol carrier new program quoted conflicting accounts.

One police official reportedly said Failon and wife Trina supposedly had an argument while in their Pajero vehicle and a shooting took place.


A statement from Failon quoted him as saying he rushed home to their Tierra Pura home afdter talking to his wife on the phone while he was doing his regular DZMM radio program with Korina Sanchez.

Failon said when he srrived home, their bathroom was locked and when they opened it “Trina was already on the floor with a gun shot wound to her head.”

It was then that he rushed wife Trina to the nearby New Era Hospital.

ABS-CBN’s corporate communications office issued an appeal some two hours ago requesting the public “to respect the privacy of the Failon family.”

But there are more questions unanswered, with the sketchy details about the incident giving rise to more questions and speculation.

Foremost of which at time is what gun figured in the incident and who owns it.

Police are apparently not ruling out foul play.

Failon had served one term in the House of Representatives representing his home district in Leyte.

Just several days ago the highly popular news anchor and radio commentator was mentioned by former president Erap Estrada as one of the possible draftees in the political opposition’s senatorial lineup for next year’s elections.


Ted Failon has himself now “invited for questioning by police” for allegedly “tampering” with the crime scene for supposedly ordering that the comfort room in their Quezon City home be cleaned up, and for allegedly “obstructing justice” because he reported asked hospital staff to”keep out police.”

Here’s the Inquirer online repor posted past midnight:

The ABC-CBN online news site carries a report on Failon’s latest statements, including an “admission” that he and his wife supposedly had financial problems:

ABS-CBN news anchor Teodoro ‘Ted’ Failon said his wife was faced with a problem about “family finances” before he found her lying in a pool of blood with a gunshot wound in her head in one of the bathrooms of their house in Quezon City on Wednesday.

In an interview with Ces Drilon on Bandila, Failon said he talked with his wife 1:30 am Wednesday about the problem, and he tried to assure her that he could earn and recover whatever financial loss she may have incurred.

“It’s all about the family’s finances,” Failon said in the interview. He told her that since they both came from poor families, it should not be a problem.

“Kung ano man ang problema na iyan, kung pera man yan o anuman yan, kikitain ko lang iyan,” Failon said.

He said he tried to console his wife by saying, “Mommy, galing tayo sa wala eh, di pino-problema iyan.”

Failon said he also found that night a “sorry” letter from his wife indicating a financial problem

The letter said: “Papa, I’m so sorry, gustong-gusto ko pang magsabi sa iyo ng totoo pero hindi ko po alam kung papaano ko uumpisahan. Sobrang takot na takot po ako. Umalis po muna ako kasi hindi ko po kaya at nahihiya po ako sa iyong humarap. Sana po mapatawad mo ako, Papa. Sorry sorry Papa, — Mama”

[Failon clarified during the interview that some of the alleged “po” words in the sorry letter should not be read as “po,” a sign of respect given to an older person, but should be “pa,” short for “papa.”]

The couple failed to fully discuss the problem, but Failon said they agreed to meet again later on Wednesday.

At around 10:20 am, while Failon was still on board dzMM for his radio program, “Tambalang Failon at Sanchez,” Failon said he was trying to call his wife but she was not answering her phone. He asked their household help to check on his wife and was told she was in the bathroom.

When he finally got to talk to his wife on the phone, Failon said his wife told him, “Papa, wala akong mukhang ihaharap sa iyo.”

‘Pool of blood’

Failon said that was when he decided to leave early from his program and go home.

Upon reaching his residence in Tierra Pura subdivision in Quezon City, Failon said his wife had locked herself in the bathroom. He asked one of the maids to look for the key so that the door could be opened.

Asked what he saw, Failon said: “She was lying in a pool of blood.”

Failon denied he had a physical fight with his wife and that he had hurt her early Wednesday.  “Ni minsan (no)…,” he said.

Failon said the gun his wife used in the apparent suicide was a licensed Walther PPK .380 which he owned.

He said he had taught her how to use it in case she had to defend herself, and that she knew where he kept the gun.

“It’s a licensed gun. Noong unang panahon pa, tinuturuan ko siya for protection sa bahay. At siyempre, alam niya kung saan nakatago iyan,” he said.

Asked about reports that he could be a suspect, Failon said: “I don’t have to defend myself with that allegation.”

13 Comments leave one →
  1. jcc34 permalink
    April 15, 2009 8:49 pm

    wheew, i thought only in the movie that something goes like this in a filipino family.

    • April 16, 2009 3:17 am

      Matindi nga, Manong jcc. Surrealistic these things can truly be when they strike close to home. mala-pelikula nga.

  2. April 15, 2009 9:10 pm

    I think abs-cbn’s statement is apt. Let us respect the family’s privacy at this very trying time.. Questions can be answered later. Right now, it is best to pray for Trina and the entire family. Thanks for the post, Ding.

    • April 16, 2009 3:16 am

      Know Ted personally I am really dumbstruck at what happened and share the family’s grief intensely. But I shudder at the implications for Ted’s carreer at the very least, rj. 😦

  3. themomblogger permalink
    April 16, 2009 9:31 am

    It is a very stressful moment for their family. I can only pray.

  4. jcc34 permalink
    April 17, 2009 1:13 am

    the police were on it 24/7. will they do the same had it not a tv personality is involved? but i can already sense some domestic issue underpinning the shooting with ted’s alleged presence of scratches at his back.

  5. ihatepeoplez permalink
    April 21, 2009 11:46 am

    Mr Fernando if you say that the police are heartless because they are investigating the case thoroughly? I think you should look at your words before saying that. They are putting their lives on the line to solve that case and bring justice to the country.

    Sure they investigated this immediately but why? Because of the huge amounts of inconsistencies and contradictions. With these casting a shadow of a doubt on the case. Do you think they should just play nice and let this true? No as long as a shadow of a doubt is there…it’s their duty to prove the case with no holes.

    • April 21, 2009 11:58 am

      Hi ihatepeopz,

      You are parsing me incorrectly. No where in my post did I say or have said anywhere that they were “heartless” or that they should not be allowed to work thoroughly.

      However, they “over-acted.”

      No one can ignore our sacred Bill Of Rights nor take shortcuts with the law. Ever heard of the Miranda Dioctrine in the matter of arresting people?

    • April 21, 2009 12:02 pm

      Further…. if you are referring to my exchange with momblogger, you are correct. But I say it in the context of how the police in the incident ignored both the entreaties of the relatives and their llawyers.

      How would you feel if you were in their shoes?

  6. ihatepeoplez permalink
    April 21, 2009 12:15 pm

    Um…….I think it’s fairly obvious when you meant who were the “heartless” people you meant. No other people/groups fit that category. And I have yet to agree with you with the Miranda Doctrine. They may have over-acted due to their emotionally biased movements and yes, they did something wrong. But as far as the investigation is concerned, I believe they are doing their job.

  7. jcc34 permalink
    April 21, 2009 9:12 pm


    during the early part of the investigation some press people were reporting that ted had some sort of scratches at his back. turned out to be false.

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