(2nd Update) Ted Failon's wife 'fighting for her life'


Posted at Apr 15 2009 09:14 PM | Updated as of Apr 16 2009 09:00 AM

The wife of ABS-CBN news anchor Ted Failon is in critical condition after being shot in the head.
A police report quoted Failon as saying his wife, Trinidad, was shot in their home in Tierra Pura while Failon was in ABS-CBN.
Authorities are now trying to determine whether the shooting was an attempted homicide or a suicide attempt.

As of posting, Failon and the persons who were inside the house at the time of the incident had already taken a paraffin test.

A reenactment of the incidents inside the Failon residence was also done for the police.

In a statement, Failon said he didn't finish his program on dzMM this morning after he talked to his wife on the telephone.

Failon said he immediately went home and found the door to their bathroom locked.

When they finally opened the door, he found his wife bloodied and then rushed her to the hospital.

"Hindi ko na tinapos ang aking programa sa dzMM kaninang umaga matapos kong makausap ang aking asawa sa telepono. Kaya umuwi ako kaagad at natagpuan kong nakakandado ang pinto ng banyo,” he said. “Pinabuksan ko ang pinto at natagpuan ko ang aking asawa na duguan kung kaya't itinakbo ko siya kaagad sa ospital."

Police Superintendent Frank Mabanag, chief of the Quezon City Police District Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit, said the couple had an argument Tuesday night after which Trinidad left the house with a sibling and returned only on Wednesday when Failon was at ABS-CBN.

Mabanag said Trinidad apparently left a suicide note which is now in the possession of the police.

The alleged suicide note said:

"Papa, Im so so sorry gustong gusto ko pong magsabi sa yo 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 kayang at nahihiya po ako sayo humarap.

"Sana po mapawad mo ako papa. Sorry, sorry Papa


Mabanag lamented that the household helpers of Failon cleaned the bathroom where Trinidad was found and that Failon returned the gun to the bedroom instead of leaving the scene for the police to examine.

These should not have been done, Mabanag said.

Initial reports said the couple had an argument in Failon's car on Wednesday, but this was denied by Mabanag.

As of posting, the hospital refused to give details on the condition of the broadcaster’s wife.

Dr. Salvador Corpuz, New Era Medical Director, said that Failon gave strict orders not to divulge any information about the incident.

In a statement, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. appealed to the public to respect the privacy of Failon’s family.

"We appeal to everyone to please respect the privacy of Ted Failon and his family," ABS-CBN Corporate Communications head Bong Osorio said. "His wife is fighting for her life."

Mabanag said they are now checking every angle that might have led to the incident.