Angelo Reyes’ Suicide Will Not Stop DOJ Investigation On George Rabusa and Congress’ Carlos Garcia Inquiry

By on Feb 9, 2011 in Asia, Current Events, Politics Comments

Angelo Reyes‘ suicide will not stop the Department of Justice (DOJ) from its investigation on the alleged corruption in the military as revealed by Lt. Col. George Rabusa and former state auditor Heidi Mendoza during an earlier Senate and House inquiry. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima confirmed on Wednesday, February 9, 2011, that the investigation will continue despite the Reyes incident, according to a PDI report.

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Former AFP Chief of Staff and Defense and Energy Secretary, Angelo Tomas Reyes shot himself on the chest to take his life on Tuesday, February 8, 2011. Reyes is one among the former AFP chiefs who allegedly received P50 million in “pabaon system” according to the testimony of Lt. Col. Rabusa. Reyes had denied the allegation and accused Rabusa of destroying his reputation.

Justice Secretary de Lima clarified that the “probe will continue because it’s not just all about the former secretary. Of course, we grieve with the family but we have a higher issue to confront and that is the corruption in the military, not just the late secretary.” She also revealed that more whistle-blowers will come out after Lt. Col. Rabusa and Mendoza. The Justice Secretary added that the military corruption is “a conspiracy, and this omerta (code of silence) is being broken gradually.”

De Lima is still in the process of creating a panel that will investigate allegations that AFP funds were pocketed by some of its top officials.

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago in an earlier report said that Reyes‘ wife and children may be called during the Senate‘s inquiry to find out their liability under the Anti-Graft Act.

Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada, who grilled Reyes on allegations of corruption in the AFP, now wants the Senate to spare the late former Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes‘ wife and children from the Senate inquiry.

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