AFP Chief of Staff, Secretary Angelo Reyes dead in apparent suicide

See also: Former DND Secretary Angelo Reyes commits suicide.

News broke this morning that former AFP Chief of Staff and former Energy and Environment Secretary, Angelo Reyes, has died in an apparent suicide. This comes at the heels of the Senate and congressional hearings involving the plunder case and plea bargain of former AFP comptroller, Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia, and the ensuing issues of the “pabaon” and “pasalubong” system in the military that were exposed by whistle-blower George Rabusa.

The Inquirer published this story on Reyes’ death:

Angelo Reyes commits suicide

MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE) Former Armed Forces Chief and Defense Secretary Angelo Tomas Reyes on Tuesday morning committed suicide by shooting himself in front of the grave of his mother at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City. A close friend of Reyes called the Philippine Daily Inquirer to break the news, while Colonel Boogie De Leon, a former administrative officer of Reyes when he was AFP chief, said Reyes was rushed to the Quirino Hospital at about 7:45 a.m. to revive him. Members of his family could not be reached for comment.

De Leon said that Reyes’s son Jett called him up to inform him of the incident.

Reyes, who earlier suffered a mild stroke before the congressional investigations on the alleged AFP financial irregularities, said he could not take anymore the smear campaign against his name and his family.

“Not my family,” he said.

Reyes, who loved his mother very much when she was still alive, earlier told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in an interview that he would never do anything that would besmirch the name of “my good mother.” Reyes, a graduate of Philippine Military Academy Class ’66, was AFP chief under President Joseph Estrada, and secretary of defense, interior and local government, and energy during the term of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from 2001 to 2003. He graduated as the class valedictorian in high school and was among the top ten graduates of the PMA.

He went on to obtain two masteral degrees, namely: Masters in Business Administration from Asian Institute of Management in 1973 and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1991. He also took up International Defense Management Course in Monterey, California in 1983.

In 1987, he graduated No. 1 in Trust Operations Management Course conducted by the Trust Institutes Foundation of the Philippines at the Ateneo Business School which eventually earned him a scholarship to the Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois.

By Cynthia Balana of Philippine Daily Inquirer

Photo by Philippine Daily Inquirer

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  • i just pray to his soul to be peaceful, while leaving the earth unpeacefully.

  • Mariel V. Baba

    I don’t know him at all but when I hear the news,I was sad..If guilty siya,sana harapin na lang niya yung parosa…para kahit papaano maramdaman namin yung pagsisisi at hindi niya ipairal yung pride niya..

  • Behavioral Manager

    “Not my family,” – – – Such a stupid statement coming from an inconsiderate man…. Not your family so you went ahead and gave your 2 kids the shock of their lives. Imagine the mental stress of what you gave them???
    I pity his kids…. poor poor kids… And what is he thinking doing it on his mom’s grave…. No respect at all….

    • Dydee Ala-an

      yes, very poor kids…if its true that the general corrupted money from the government, it would also mean his family is eating the product of corruption…too bad…it could bring so much bad karma….

  • trebor ambalong

    Here are interesting suicide quotes:

    “Suicide is the remedy of pain” Matt Hartman quotes

    “Suicide is man’s way of telling God, “You can’t fire me – I quit.” – Bill Maher

    “Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.” – Phil Donahue

    “Every man has the right to risk his own life in order to preserve it. Has it ever been said that a man who throws himself out the window to escape from a fire is guilty of suicide?” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

    “To run away from trouble is a form of cowardice and, while it is true that the suicide braves death, he does it not for some noble object but to escape some ill”..
    Aristotle

  • al rey l. estillore

    AT LEAST MAY HIYA SI ANGELO REYES. ANG IBA DYAN, WALA EH.

  • qwerty

    Oh my goodness.. Sa ginawa niyang yan, It’s just like telling, “I don’t wanna talk and drop names, I should suicide na lang..” Tsk. Nevertheless, truth will be divulged by those people who were involve.. Guilty much..

  • joy lapid

    It is a sad and shocking news for his family, we have to respect their request for privacy. BUT we must not forget that he “might” made a big mistake that he cannot accept that even to himself. What is more disappointing is…. we the regular working Filipino citizen pay our taxes honestly but these people working in the government have to corrupt it. Now the question is who will be charge or it is just one of those “act” that the legislator will eventually lefted unfinished.

  • korkscrew

    sana naman, mag alsabalutan na po yung mga kurakot dyan. it’s ur turn! pls. fall in line.

    • Angelo Reyes

      FUCK!!!

  • ate glo

    my good friend ange is very inspiring. he did the first “right” thing for a long time. i hope other corrupt officials not just in AFP but those from other gov’t departments will follow suit. come on friends, if you do the same thing, you’ll be helping the rest of the country. suicide is not bad if you’re doing the country a favor. don’t be shy….go on….the nation awaits your burial you corrupt people!!!!

    • chubabs

      amen to that…

    • Regs

      Yes, just like Judas after commit a sin the got a suicide!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ate glo

    my good friend ange is very inspiring. he did the first “right” thing for a long time. i hope other corrupt officials not just in AFP but those from other gov’t departments will follow suit. come on friends, if you do the same thing, you’ll be helping the rest of the country. suicide is not bad if you’re doing the country a favor. don’t be shy….go on….the nation awaits your burial you corrupt people!!!!

  • altair

    His death is a judgment to those government officials who are involved in this corruption scandal. May the gracious Lord have mercy on you all…

  • jun

    how can we say that Sec Angelo Reyes commit “suicide”? if theirs no one saw the crime commited…………………………….

    • jen

      it’s early in the morning…people are still sleeping…and besides its a cemetery..a wide cemetery…

    • Dydee Ala-an

      i might agree with you,,,maybe he was murdered by experts…who knows.. the late gen. had a bank of valuable and dangerous information of the case…

  • poor angelo.. sayonara

    • Though his mere act may reflect guilt, the fact that the person was not proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt limits individuals to prosecute and condemn him. Such death is a loss for the justice in the Philippines since it again portrayed the capability of the Philippine institutions to try with professionalism. Even though we are in search of truth a death of the prosecuted does not provide us with ease nor satisfaction. this is not what we wanted, we who are in search of justice should proceed with proper operations.