February 8, 2011, 9:03am
Former Energy Chief Angelo Reyes was reportedly shot in the chest. Reyes was rushed to the Quirino Hospital in Quezon City and reports have it that he died at around 8:30 a.m. He was 65. He is survived by his wife and 5 children.
UPDATE: Reyes was reported to have committed suicide. According to the Eastern Police District, Reyes visited his mother’s grave at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City where he shot himself on the spot.
A preliminary showed that Reyes had a bullet wound in the heart.
As per the Quirino Hospital sources, they tried to revive Reyes for 45 minutes before declaring him as expired.
MANILA, Philippines – Controversial former military chief and Energy Secretary Angelo T. Reyes died Tuesday morning in an apparent suicide inside the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City, police said.
Supt. Alfredo M. Calama-an, Eastern Police District – District Operations and Plans Divisions chief, said the 65-year-old Reyes reportedly shot himself in the chest using a Caliber .45 pistol which pierced through his heart.
He said Reyes, who was with his two sons, an aide and driver, visiting his mother’s grave at the memorial park Tuesday, was immediately taken to the Quirino Labor Memorial Hospital, where he was declared dead at about 8:32 a.m. by attending doctors.
Police Senior Supt. Francisco Soria Manalo, EPD district director, said they will still wait for the autopsy report to be provided by the Philippine National Police-Crime Laboratory regarding Reyes’ death before they can make any statement about it.
He added that Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) from the EPD was still at the scene as of press time conducting an investigation.
“We are still waiting for the report. As soon as we have it, we will provide the details (surrounding his death),” Manalo told TEMPO/Manila Bulletin in an interview.
Manalo, who went to the scene together with Superintendent Romeo Magsalos, Marikina Police Office chief, said that Reyes visited his mother’s grave to pay his respects to her at about 7 a.m.
According to initial investigation, the former military chief then asked his sons, his aide and bodyguard to leave him for a while. A few seconds later, a gun shot was then heard with Reyes falling to the ground with blood all over him.
According to witnesses, Reyes was holding a book on Donald Trump titled “Trump: The Art of the Deal,” before allegedly committing suicide.
Reyes, it was recalled, became AFP chief of staff from 1999 to 2001. Shortly after his retirement from the military service in March 1, 2001, he was appointed as Defense Secretary by then former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Reyes, also a key figure during the People Power 2 that toppled former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada from power in January 2001, has been in the hot seat as of late due to allegations that received P50 million in “send-off” money after he retired from the AFP as claimed by retired Lt. Col. George Rabusa.
Reyes, a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 1966, is married to Teresita P. Reyes with whom he has five sons, Pablo, Angelito, Marc, Carlo and Judd.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
157536 95751 54
his path of destiny / how he learned what he was here to learn = 54 = Things are not as they appear. Living a double life.