Angelo Reyes killed himself

>> Tuesday, February 8, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Angelo Reyes lingered behind his parents’ graves as his two sons, an aide and driver walked back to their car at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina yesterday morning.

Reyes went down on his knees before the grave of his mother Purificacion. Moments later, a shot rang out and he slumped on the grave, spattering it with blood.

As his companions rushed him to the car, a grave caretaker said he overheard the dying Reyes tell his sons Carlo and Judd, “Sorry ha, sorry ha” when they asked him “Bakit (Why) dad, bakit dad?”

Reyes was lifeless upon arrival at the Quirino Memorial Medical Center, where doctors officially declared him dead at 8:32 a.m. after about 45 minutes of trying to revive him. A .45-caliber bullet had pierced his chest near his heart and exited through the back. Doctors tentatively pronounced the death a suicide.

It was a tragic end for a decorated military officer who in his final days saw his name tarnished by allegations of skimming millions of pesos from funds meant for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

A day earlier, Reyes had sent a letter to the House of Representatives, declining to attend a committee hearing on the plea deal being negotiated by retired AFP comptroller Carlos Garcia.

“He was dead on arrival. They were not able to revive him... as of now, our finding is only one gunshot wound,” Health Secretary Enrique Ona told reporters.

“Based on the position of the shot, the bullet most probably hit his heart. If not, his large veins were damaged,” Dr. Fernando Lopez, Reyes’ attending physician, told The STAR.
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