Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Philippine ex-military chief commits suicide amid graft probe

The Inquirer.net reported today that former Philippine Armed Forces Chief Angelo Tomas Reyes--who was involved in an alleged military financial corruption--shot himself dead in front of his mother's tomb at the Loyola Memoral Park in Marikina City on Tuesday morning.
DZMM said that the former defense secretary sustained a gunshot wound in his chest, which traversed near the heart and exited at his back.
The 65-year-old former Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources was immediately brought to the Quirino Memorial Medical Center. Resuscitation efforts of 45 minutes were futile. He was pronounced dead at 8:32 a.m., according to radio reports.
A graduate of the Philippine Military Academy in 1966, Reyes was embroiled in a corruption scandal in the armed forces where he allegedly received a "send-off" money worth US$1.1 million (PhP50 million) as part of military tradition when he retired in 2001.
The ex-military chief suffered from mild heart attack during a congressional probe of financial irregularities in the military.
Reyes was noted to have said that he could not take anymore the news that smeared his and his family's name. "Not my family," he said.
Details of this story here.

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