Ted Failon’s Wife Alleged Suicide: Update
April 16, 2009 § 9 Comments
Quezon City, Philippines, April 16, 2009—As of presstime, member of the Philippine media are now at Camp Karingal, the main headquarters of the Central Police District here in the Philippines, waiting for the press conference of the CPD chief on the initial police findings of the alleged suicide of Ted’s wife, Trinidad “Trina” Arteche-Etong.*
On or about 10:20 am yesterday, April 15, 2009, ABS-CBN news anchor Ted Failon left his radio show over at DZMM Channel 2, ten minutes before the show’s end to attend to a call by his wife (Failon said he was the one who called the wife when an earlier statement by Failon said that his wife called him. Let’s leave it at that). The night after, Ted said that they had a marital spat with his 45 year old wife Trinidad “Trina” Arteche-Etong. It concerns “family finances“. Allegedly, the wife got entangled with a huge financial problem which she failed to inform Ted (whatever the cause of that financial distress remains a mystery). The wife left the conjugal home and reportedly came back in the morning when Ted Failon left the house for his morning show over at DZMM.
The wife, reports say (based on the testimonies of the househelps), called Ted or received a call from Ted inside the room of one of their kids. Sensing something wrong, Ted immediately boarded his Blue Pajero and went straight to their house at Tierra Pura subdivision in Tandang Sora, Quezon City.
Upon reaching the house, Ted reportedly saw his wife sprawled inside the bathroom, blood oozing from her temples. A gun, a Walter PK .380 caliber pistol, was beside her and a suicide note. There was conflicting testimonies on the position of the body. The maid said that the body was in a sitting position, with her back against the white tiled bathroom walls. Ted meanwhile said that the body was also in a sitting position, albeit the head is bowed.
The bullet entered the left temple and exited to the right. The gun is positioned at the right side of the body. There were smudges in the entry point of the victim’s temple, signifying, according to police, that the shooting happened a few inches from the temple. This is uncanny, says police, since most suicide cases do not bear smudge marks, an indication that it was a point-blank shot. Anyway, let’s leave it at that.
When Ted saw his still breathing wife, he immediately carried the body to his Blue Pajero. Accompanying him were his sister-in-law Pamela and driver Glen. The maids were left to fend the house. It was at that time that the maids reportedly decided to clean the bathroom. According to the househelp, no one ordered them to clean the crime scene.
When the group reached the New Era University General Hospital, Ted requested the hospital to keep mum about the incident. The wife was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where she was immediately attended to by doctors and physicians. Ted reportedly requested that the incident be kept strictly private. No media and no cops should be allowed in.
At around 1pm, Ted allegedly went back to his house. After three hours, cops found out about the incident. They then went inside the Tierra Pura subdivision and started the investigation. What they found was a clean bathroom and a Blue Pajero also cleaned of all bloodstains. However, police reportedly found blood in the passenger seat of Ted’s car.
Latest update: Ted and Trina’s daughter, Kaye Etong, believes the incident is a suicide. Reason: financial troubles reportedly being experienced by the family.
Police found Ted Failon negative of powder burns after the paraffin tests. He was briefly detained at the Camp Karingal and in this morning, Ted Failon went to the New Era University General Hospital to visit his wife. Since yesterday, his wife is being taken cared of by his relatives. Ted’s eldest daughter, Kaye, is also there. The youngest daughter is still clueless as to what happened to her mother.
Meanwhile, Ted’s househelps were also interrogated. Police are thinking of filing obstruction of justice charges against them.
The wife is still struggling for her life at the ICU. She’s now comatose.
* Trinidad “Trina” Arteche-Etong is a 45-year old nurse. She has a very good political pedigree. She belongs to a privileged political family in Eastern Samar. She has been with Ted since my friend was still a struggling journalist.