Angelo Reyes Suicide: Former President Arroyo, AFP and Catholic Church Reactions

By on Feb 8, 2011 in Current Events Comments

Former Armed Forces Philippines (AFP) Chief, Defense and Energy Secretary Angelo Tomas Reyes took his life on Tuesday morning, February 8, 2011 in front of the grave of his mother at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City. Reyes was rushed to the Quirino Hospital at about 7:45 a.m. but doctors failed to revive him. The 65-year old Angelo Reyes has been linked as allegedly one of the corrupt AFP Chief of Staff in the current Senate investigation on the Garcia plea bargaining agreement.

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PDI reports that the AFP expressed their sympathy with the family of their former chief-of-staff Angelo Reyes who died in an apparent suicide in Marikina City. AFP Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Jose Mabanta said in a statement that the AFP’s officers, enlisted personnel and civilian employees were shocked and saddened by untimely demise of Reyes.

Mabanta is calling for a speedy investigation of the alleged corrupt military Chiefs by the Senate and Congress. According to Mabanta, Reyes is a ‘witty, well-mannered, very bright and speaks well’. ‘And he certainly cares for the men in uniform,’ Mabanta added.

Former Philippines President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said that Angelo Reyes, his former Defense Secretary, showed his ‘courage and patriotic service.’ The Congresswoman added that Reyes ‘served his country well in uniform and in the halls of government, particularly at a critical moment in our history when our people called for radical reform of governance, an extraordinary time that demanded extraordinary measures.’

The Catholic Church, meanwhile, has given their reaction on the reported suicide of former Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes. According to an interview on DZIQ 990 AM, Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez said that suicide is ‘one of the biggest crimes and sins against life. If a person committed suicide, he is not allowed a Christian burial.’ Bishop Iñiguez clarified Reyes can still be granted a Christian burial ‘if there is any doubt that it was a deliberate suicide or there were signs of repentance before he died.’

An earlier report said that Feliciano Recorba, a worker at the Loyola Memorial Park, heard Reyes saying ‘Sorry’ after he had shot himself.

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