angelo reyes suicide

Children ask, is Angelo Reyes, a hero?

The Philippine Daily Inquirer interviewed National Social Scientist Maria Lourdes Arellano Carandang, a noted clinical psychologist.  A week after Reyes killed himself, kids she said were asking questions such as, “Is Secretary really a hero?”  or “Why is he a hero?”  Children, she said were confused.  Psychologists asked back fishing for answers, “Is killing yourself, a good thing?”

Here’s an excerpt:

“Children are innate truth-tellers until we teach them to lie by our example. We should pay attention to the help schools can give,” Carandang said.

She cited the child in the story “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” who blurts out, “But he’s naked!”

“Children see the truth, but sometimes we prevent them from telling it. We model the opposite of truth-telling. We should be aware because kids pick up how adults behave. As they grow older, it becomes harder for them to be truth-tellers because of the pressure of modeling of the adult,” she said.

Carandang noted that during Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s presidency, “truth-telling was hazardous to your life.”

“We shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Her cover-ups have become too much,” she said.

And while some political leaders insist that it’s time to forgive, forget and move on, Carandang warned against “moving on without healing in the sense of knowing the truth.”

“We must tell the true story. Truth is needed for us to move on. Even in the mourning process, a person has to tell her story,” she said, adding:

“Our country cannot truly heal from all the traumas we’ve been through unless the truth is told and we tell our true story. Let’s not keep covering up our sins. We cannot recover from our trauma as a country if we don’t tell our true story and own it.”

Read more at the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

hat tip to @leahnavarro on twitter.

The Daily Roundup: 10 February 2011

“Trillanes bares talk with Reyes camp on corruption” by Lynda Jumilla and Jorge Carino

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Wednesday confirmed having received a letter from former Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes regarding corruption issues in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

An unidentified emissary close to Reyes handed the letter to Trillanes last January 18.

Reyes’ letter was short, asking Trillanes to identify the supposedly powerful person allegedly fronting for former Armed Forces comptroller Carlos Garcia, who has been accused with plundering military coffers.

Read more at ABS-CBN News

“‘Be strong, be strong’ Reyes said as he lay dying” by Cynthia Balana, Tarra Quismundo

The last remark of the dying Angelo Reyes to his youngest son Judd was not “Sorry” but “Be strong, be strong, kontakin mo mga kapatid mo (contact your brothers).”

Judd Reyes, along with his brother Carlo and their father’s aide Cesar Abon and driver Rolando Dagang, accompanied the retired general to Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City on that fateful Tuesday morning.

In an interview with the Inquirer on Tuesday night, Judd said that as always, his father was “quiet” from the house to the cemetery and spoke with them in a normal voice. He said no one in the family had any inkling that their father would commit suicide.

Read more at Philippine Daily Inquirer

“Garcia, Ligot pressed to tell it all” by JP Lopez

PRESIDENT pro tempore Jinggoy Estrada yesterday proposed an executive session for the next hearing of the Blue Ribbon committee, in the hope that Maj. Gen. (ret.) Carlos Garcia and his immediate predecessor, Lt. Gen. (ret.) Jacinto Ligot, would divulge what they know about conversion and diversion of the military’s budget.

“Kasi sinabi nga ni General Garcia that he might incriminate himself. Even General Ligot. We’ll give them a chance to say everything in an executive (session). Tutal naman, under our rules, pag merong sinabi ang resource person sa executive (session), hindi namin pwedeng i-divulge (to public),” Estrada said.

But Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said it might raise suspicions.

Read more at Malaya

“Dying with honor” by Solicta Collas-Monsod

Seppuku. Hara-kiri. The Japanese ritual suicide by disembowelment committed by the professional warrior (samurai) following the code of bushido — under which honor is dearer than life. That was the first thing that came to mind when I heard the news that General Angelo Reyes had killed himself.

And while he used a gun rather than the ritual knife or sword, the place that he chose (his mother’s gravesite), the calmness and unflinchingness with which he did it (reportedly after doing some reading and certainly some meditation), the preparation that went into it, were strongly evocative of seppuku, even to the presence (albeit at a distance, and without their knowing of his intentions) of close associates (his sons).

Because honor is dearer than life, anything which has brought disgrace must, following the warrior’s code of honor or bushido, be atoned by committing seppuku. Other possible reasons for the ritual suicide are listed as well: “to show contempt for an enemy, to protest against injustice, as a means to get their lord to reconsider an unwise or unworthy action and as a means to save others.” Angel Reyes could have used any or all of those reasons as basis for his action.

Read more at Business World

“Taiwan freezes PHL hiring” by R. Mercene, M. Gonzalez, E. Torres, with Fil Elefante of Philippines Graphic

A DE FACTO freeze in the hiring of Filipino labor for jobs in Taiwan, tighter monitoring for those already working there, and a possible halt to other investments in the pipeline. These are among the measures that followed the recall of Taiwan’s special representative to the Philippines, as the fallout from the deportation to mainland China of 14 Taiwanese—suspects in a fraud syndicate—continued.

Donald Dee, Taiwan’s special representative to Manila, also had strong words as he briefed Philippine journalists on Wednesday, saying at one point Manila must apologize to Taipei for unilaterally bundling off 14 Taiwanese in a special flight to Beijing last week. The 14 were part of a global ring estimated to have ripped off victims in the mainland to the tune of $20 million

The 14, along with 10 others from mainland China, were arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation and officers from the Chinese Ministry of Public Security on December 27, 2010, and deported to Beijing on February 2, over Taipei’s vigorous objections.

Read more at Business Mirror

“Noy still for RH bill – Palace” by Delon Porcalla

President Aquino has always been for responsible parenthood, Malacañang reiterated yesterday.

We have always been very consistent that his stand was for responsible parenthood,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said.

“His stand was always for responsible parenthood, meaning that the choice is left to the parents after they have all the available information given to them.

Read more at The Philippine Star

“BSP sees GIR hitting record $70 billion and BOP surplus of $8 billion” by Lawrence Agcaoili

he Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) sees the country’s gross international reserves (GIR) hitting a new record level of $70 billion and the balance of payments (BOP) posting a surplus of $8 billion this year as foreign capital continues to flood emerging market economies including the Philippines.

BSP Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr. said on the sidelines of the Year-End Philippine Economic Briefing entitled “Daylight in the Philippines: Accelerating Progress” that monetary authorities expect a stronger external payments position with the GIR hitting a new record led of between $68 billion and $70 billion and the balance of payments (BOP) surplus ranging from $6 billion to $8 billion this year.

“The projected BOP surplus for this year is about $6 billion to $8 billion this year and the GIR would be $68 billion to $70 billion by the end of this year. The details are still being worked out and we will give this to you as soon as they become available,” Tetangco told reporters.

Read more at The Philippine Star

“MAP calls for better anti-corruption measures” by Abigail L. Ho

The Management Association of the Philippines is calling on Congress to come up with improved anti-corruption measures, to ensure that corruption in the government is eliminated or at least kept to a bare minimum.

In a statement, MAP president Felino Palafox Jr. said the death of former Armed Forces chief of staff Angelo Reyes should not stop investigations into military corruption

“Congress has to complete its investigation, craft new or improved anti-corruption measures, and recommend appropriate legal action against erring government officials. This is one way to ensure that General Reyes’ death will not be in vain,” he said.

Read more at Philippine Daily Inquirer

“DTI seeks to side-step ‘anti-business’ LGUs” by Irma Isip

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is working for the establishment of domestic economic zones to side-step the hurdles posed by “anti-business” local government units.

Trade Secretary Gregory L. Domingo said these zones will enjoy protection from the whimsies of local officials.

He said the DTI is also pushing for the passage of a Magna Carta on Investments to protect investors from changes in regulations, policies and taxation by LGUs.

Read more at Malaya

“Aquino open to ‘win-win’ interim deal on Malampaya royalties” by Mia M. Gonzalez

President Aquino is open to a “win-win” interim agreement between the national government and the Palawan provincial government on the sharing of Malampaya royalties pending a Supreme Court ruling on the latter, Malacañang said on Wednesday.

The President said in an interview with reporters in Puerto Princesa, where he shot a video to promote the Puerto Princesa Underground River, that he discussed the matter with Palawan Gov. Abraham Mitra, who initiated the topic.

“Gov. Abraham Mitra and I discussed this but not with Mayor [Edward] Hagedorn. But the bottom line is we will try to have a win-win solution here. As you know, this case is still pending before the Supreme Court,” he said, when asked for his position on Palawan’s share in the Malampaya royalties.

Read more at ABS-CBN News

Praise he can do without

Patricia Daza, spokeswoman of the late Angelo Reyes, should learn to be more careful.

In an interview with Noli De Castro on TV Patrol, Daza’s praise for Reyes actually diminished the man.

Excerpts from the interview:

    Noli de Castro (NDC): Magandang gabi, Pat. Nakikiramay kami sa pamilya Reyes.

    Patricia Daza (PD): Maganda gabi, Kabayan.

    NDC: Nagkita tayo together with Secretary Reyes noon dito sa ABS-CBN at medyo napapansin ko hindi ganoon ang kanyang itsura noong kami’y magkasama sa Gabinete. At iyon ay hindi pa lumalabas ang isyu ni Rabusa kundi iyon pa lang may mambabatas na isinasangkot siya sa kaso ni General Garcia. Lagi kayong magkasama, inaalalayan mo siya Pat, ano ba ang sinasabi niya sa ‘yo, siya ba ay may hinanakit talaga?

    PD: Ang sinasabi lang niya parati sa akin, kasi ang sinasabi ko parati kay sir, ‘sir, kamusta kayo? Okay lang ba kayo?’ ‘Okay lang tayo, okay lang tayo, Pat. Huwag kang mag-alala, okay lang tayo.’ ‘Ganyan talaga,’ sabi niya, ‘hindi tayo nakaupo ngayon. Weather-weather lang talaga iyan.’ He always made light of situation. That’s why it was very shocking when I heard the news.

    Kasi, Kabayan, nandoon ka nga, magkasama tayo sa dressing room mo noong in-interview siya ng TV Patrol. At si Secretary Reyes, to the end, ayaw niya talagang manlaglag.

    Hindi ba sinasabi mo nga sa kanya ‘Angie, magsalita ka na, magsalita ka na’ hindi ba Kabayan? ‘Mahirap, mahirap, Kabayan.’ Sabi niya, ‘Hindi ako ganoon, ayaw ko magsalita. Ayaw ko magsangkot ng ibang tao.’ Tapos sinasabi mo, ‘Angie, dinidikdik ka na.’ Sabi niya ‘Hindi bale na, ako na lang, ako na lang.’ So talagang until the end, he was really a man of honor, gentleman talaga at ayaw niya talaga mangdawit ng tao.

Schumey of The Philippine Experience pointed out a bit of revisionism in the claim that hindi marunong manglaglag si Reyes.

    “hindi siya nang-lalaglag and yet back in ’01, at the height of the calls for a disgraced but popular president to step down, he withdrew his support for the constitutionally elected president. Di ba pan-lalaglag yon?”

Here’s some unsolicited advice for the relatives, friends, and supporters of Reyes:

Ask for a thorough investigation of the allegations against him. It’s the only way to clear his name.

The Daily Roundup: 9 February 2011

Death was honorable way out for Reyes by Ron Gagalac

The suicide of former Armed Forces Chief of Staff Angelo Reyes was his “honorable way out,” University of the Philippines political scientist Dr. Clarita Carlos said.

She compared Reyes’ decision to ancient Japanese warriors committing ritual suicide when they lose honor and dignity.

“It’s ‘hara-kiri.’ It’s the honorable way out, a combination of loss of hope, loss of self esteem, the shame factor,” she said.

Read more at ABS-CBN News

Arroyo hails Reyes for ‘courage, patriotic service’by Lira Dalangin-Fernandez

Former president and Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo hailed former Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes for his “courage and patriotic service” as she condoled with his family over the untimely death.

“We join the family, friends and colleagues of Secretary Angelo Reyes in mourning his tragic passing. … We pray for the repose of his soul, and call on our people to remember above all his courage and patriotic service,” Arroyo said through her spokesperson Elena Horn-Bautista.

Read more at The Philippine Daily Inquirer

Global crisis pushed more families into povertyby Darwin G. Amojelar

THE impact of the global financial crisis and the calamities that struck the country have resulted in more poor Filipino families, the government reported Tuesday.

In its 2009 Official Poverty Statistics report, the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) said poor Filipino families numbered 3.86 million, up from 3.67 million in 2006, using the new methodology.

Using the old methodology, the number of poor households reached 4.9 million in 2009, higher than the 4.7 million in 2006.

Read more at The Manila Times

NSCB ‘frees’ 9M from povertyby Angela Celis

A total of 9 million Filipinos who have not seen any improvement in their material circumstances have been freed from poverty under a new way of computing the cost of food and other methodological “refinements” adopted by the National Statistical Coordination Board.

Under the new methodology, the NSCO placed the poverty incidence at 26.5 percent in 2009, a slight increase from 26.4 percent in 2006.

Under the old methodology, the poverty incidence was 37.3 percent in 2009 and 36.16 percent in 2006.

Read more at Malaya

Birthday wish: Make people’s lives betterby Jocelyn Montemayor

PRESIDENT Aquino on his 51st birthday yesterday made a commitment to work doubly hard to better the lives of Filipinos soonest.

In an ambush interview at a medical-dental mission organized in his honor by the Office of the President, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the Presidential Security Group at the Chino Roces Bridge parking area outside Malacañang Palace, Aquino said he no longer has any wishes to make for himself.

He said he is more interested in the “transformation of society for the betterment of our people’s lives at a faster pace than what we have so far managed to achieve.”

Read more at Malaya

Disappointing 2011 budgetby Benjamin E. Diokno

Policymakers who look up to the public sector as a major source of growth in 2011 are in for a major disappointment. Planned public spending, net of debt service, is expected to contract in real terms. Direct spending for public infrastructure is expected to slow, too, as appropriations for various public works decline. This, combined with the shrinking list of public-private partnership (PPP) projects that are ready to be bid and implemented this year, will mean another slow year for public construction.

Expectedly, the fastest growing item in the 2011 national budget is interest payments — from P276 billion in 2010 to P357 billion in 2011, or by a whopping 29.3%.

Total planned government spending, net of interest payments, is expected to increase from P1.249 trillion in 2010 to P1.273 trillion in 2011, or by a measly 1.9%. Corrected for inflation, which is forecast to range from 4% to 5%, the productive part of the budget is expected to decline by 2.1% to 3.1%.

Read more at Business World

“Businessmen to government: be consistent” by Max V. De Leon

THE government needs to come up with clear protection from regulatory, legislative and judicial risks for long-term investors, as well as immediately resolve previous build-operate-transfer (BOT) projects that went wrong, to be able to persuade the international investment community to participate in the administration’s public-private partnership (PPP) projects.

The Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) made this clear in a forum organized by the Board of Investments (BOI) on Tuesday for the diplomatic community and foreign chambers on the PPP program.

Trade Undersecretary and BOI managing head Cristino L. Panlilio assured the investors that Malacañang’s economic team is working on the measures to protect investors from these risks and uncertainties.

Read more at Business Mirror

Cabinet changes due next weekby Jocelyn Montemayor

PRESIDENT Aquino yesterday said he will announce changes in the Cabinet by next week.

The President, in an ambush interview at the medical-dental mission sponsored by the Office of the President at the Chino Roces Bridge to mark his 51st birthday, declined to give details on who will be affected.

“Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr will be in the better position to tell you the exact date,” he said.

Read more at Malaya

Senator Kiko Pangilinan’s statement on the death of former AFP Chief of Staff and Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes

We are deeply saddened by the turn of events. We condole with the family of the late Secretary Angelo Reyes. It is tragic that what started out as an investigation in aid of legislation has led to his apparent suicide. Death is not a graceful exit to such a distinguished officer as Secretary Reyes. A more honorable way would have been to come out with the truth and win back the admiration of his fellow soldiers. This is now the challenge the other generals are facing. Read more

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

Former DND Secretary Angelo Reyes commits suicide (updated)

ANC reported that former Defense and Environment Secretary Angelo Reyes shot himself in the chest and was taken to Quirino Memorial Medical Center in QC.  He was brought to the hospital at 7:45 AM.   Doctors were unable to revive the former Secretary of National Defense.

Angelo Reyes was rushed to the hospital, and declared dead on arrival.  According to ANC’s interview with Health Secretary Ona, when Reyes arrived at the hospital, he didn’t have any blood pressure, cold and bloody with no vital signs.

Noel Alamar (of ABS-CBN) quotes Manalo (PNP) as saying Reyes shot himself in the chest and was rushed to the hospital by his bodyguard.”  The former defense chief reportedly visited his mother’s tomb, then shot himself.

Witnesses say, Mr. Reyes was with two of his children and two aides at the time of his suicide.  He asked them to step away, then shot himself.

@nerveending tweeted, “I read once in a suicide profile that those who fall of fail from a high position most likely to commit suicide.”

Twitterverse was shocked by the death of Secretary Reyes.  @yuriandre tweeted, “Angelo Reyes dead? OMG! I believe there’s bigger money involved in this AFP #plunder scandal.”

The plot thickens,” @momblogger added.

Partylist Representative Teddy Casino remarked, “Reyes’ suicide will cast a shadow over today’s House hearing.  Don’t know how this will affect those attending.”

Jiggy Cruz tweeted, “Oh wow… Just read about Angelo Reyes… Let’s pray for him and his family…”