Reyes, Zambo’s adopted son PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 16:11

Former Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes, who was declared dead at a Quezon City hospital  yesterday morning with a single gunshot wound in his chest, was the former commander of the military’s Southern Command based in Zamboanga City.

Reyes was declared an adopted son of Zamboanga during the term of the late Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat before he was named Armed Forces Chief of Staff during the incumbency of former President Joseph Estrada and later Defense Chief during the term of former President Gloria Arroyo. Reyes also occupied other Cabinet positions as Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Department of  Energy.

Newsbreak, the online news magazine, in a report released on Tuesday, said Reyes was depressed days before he died on Tuesday.

Reyes reportedly told his longtime friend and Academy upperclassman, retired Navy Commodore Rex Robles, over and over again “wala na ito, pare” (this is the end, friend).
Reyes reportedly said these words in the days following the first Senate testimony of former military budget officer, retired Lt. Col. George Rabusa, who accused Reyes of allegedly receiving a P50-million “pabaon” (send-off money) when he retired as military chief in 2001.
“He was depressed,” Robles told Newsbreak.

The report said Reyes felt the die was cast and that the ongoing inquiry would not just drag the military but his entire family down.

Robles said Reyes expected that in due time, the investigation will bring out even “personal details” about his family.

A local village kagawad in Marikina interviewed by dzBB’s Glen Juego said Reyes, his bodyguard, and two sons arrived at the Loyola Memorial Park at 7:00 a.m.

“Nauna ang anak niya, pinauna sa sasakyan, naghintay siya doon, pati bodyguard pinalayo. Mamaya may narinig silang putok. Nakita nila si Secretary unti-unti bumagsak sa damo,” the unidentified kagawad said.

(He asked his children to go ahead to their vehicle. He also asked his bodyguards to leave him alone for a while. Then they heard a gunshot and saw the secretary fall on the grass.)
Reyes is one of several former Armed Forces of the Philippines chiefs of staff who allegedly received millions in “pabaon” (send-off money) when they retired, as a former military fund manager, Lt. Col. George Rabusa, claimed.

Reyes was a key figure in the EDSA 2 revolt that ousted then President Joseph Estrada and installed then Vice President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to power. With report from GMA News