Close female friends of the late Trinidad "Trina" Etong, wife of ABS-CBN broadcaster Ted Failon, came out into the open yesterday claiming that Trina told them of her planned suicide. Their disclosure supports an earlier admission by Kaye Failon that her mother committed suicide.
In an interview by ABS-CBN reporter Jing Castañeda aired over TV Patrol, SNN and Bandila, Joy Tan said that days before April 15, Trina had told her of her money problems, that she did not want Ted to lose her trust in her and if that happened, she no longer wanted to live.
Joy said that Trina wanted to attend Charisma's graduation and after that, she wanted to go. Joy added that Ted gave ("intrega") all of her earnings to Trina and took only allowances for himself. Trina who obviously mishandled the money could not handle her guilt feelings and that was what drove her to commit suicide.
Jackie Bartolome, another close friend of Trina, confirmed Joy Tan's story. "Kung guilty si Ted bakit ko siya pagtatakpan? Kaibigan ko si Trina at babae rin ako!"
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Let's continue to pray for the Failon family, for our government authorities that they may go about their duties with respect and concern instead of arrogance and abuse and for our nation that we may stand united not just by writing or talking but in actually doing something to fight the maladies that stalk our land.
Remember that injustice wins more often by default. Kapag walang kalaban, siyempre mananalo ang pang-aabuso at kawalanghiyaan. Tapatan natin ito ng katwiran at pagkakaisa at mananalo rin tayo!
Mabuhay ang Pinoy! To God be the glory!