Tuesday, February 8, 2011

General Angelo Reyes committed suicide over AFP fund mess (Updated)

Former AFP chief of Staff and Arroyo Defense secretary Angelo Reyes reportedly shot himself to death this morning. Reyes allegedly used his own gun in shooting himself in the chest. His aide, who saw everything, rushed him at the Quirino Memorial Hospital in Katipunan. He expired there. Doctors tried to revive him for 45 minutes. He was pronounced dead on arrival at 8:32 in the morning. 

Accounts say that Reyes visited the tomb of his mother at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina. Reyes reportedly cried before the tomb of his beloved mother. The former defense chief was with his two children. Afterwards, he got his 45-caliber gun and shot himself in the chest, close to the heart, says Health secretary Ona. 

His two aides and children were with him when he committed suicide. 

Several of his close relatives say that Reyes appeared distraught a few days ago. Reyes allegedly  appeared very disturbed with the accusations of AFP funds misuse by Reyes. 

Reyes was accused by his former budget officer Lt. Colonel Rabusa of allegedly getting at least 350 million pesos from the AFP funds. Reyes was even given 50 million pesos as "pabaon".

Reyes confronted Rabusa before the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing. Rabusa accused Reyes of profitting himself from the alleged AFP Boy's club "slush fund".

Reyes was a former AFP chief of Staff of former President Joseph Estrada who later defected to anti-Estrada forces. He then served as defense secretary of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He then served as DENR secretary and later at another post before retiring from government service. He was never confirmed.

Reyes tried politics but failed. Reyes was supposed to serve as representative of a partylist organization, but his nomination was opposed.