Ex-DND Secretary Angelo Reyes confirmed dead

ABS-CBN news anchor Karen Davila in her Twitter update early Tuesday morning confirmed that former Department of National Defense secretary Angelo Reyes is dead. What's shocking is that she tweeted that the ex-DND chief “committed suicide after visiting mother's grave at Loyola Memorial Park.”

Karen Davila confirms Sec Angelo Reyes suicide
Reports said that secretary Reyes was brought to the Quirino Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City at 7:45 am for a gunshot wound on the left side of his chest; the doctors tried to revive him for 45 minutes but received no response.

He was declared dead at 8:32 am Tuesday, February 8, 2011, news reports revealed. He was 66 years old.

Eastern Police District chief superintendent Francisco Manalo said Reyes reportedly shot himself while visiting his mother's tomb in Loyola Memorial Center.

Reyes' lawyer Atty. Bonifacio Alentajan, however, reportedly said that he does not think his client would commit suicide.

The police Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO), according to reports, are now investigating the scene if there was foul play.

Before he died, secretary Angelo Reyes was dragged into the “Garcia plea bargain deal” issue. Former AFP budget officer lieutenant colonel George Rabusa also testified against Reyes at a Senate hearing saying the former defense chief received around P50 million as a retirement gift.

Media updates via Twitter said that health secretary Enrique Ona held a press briefing on Angelo Reyes' demise.

Journalist Ellen Tordesillas in a blog post revealed that “according to the memorial park caretaker, Reyes with his aide and four members of his family arrived past 7 a.m. at the grave of late secretary’s parents – Pablo and Purificacion Reyes. The day before, the caretaker said Reyes was also there.”

“DZMM showed a blood-splattered tombstone of Reyes’ mother. Also found where Reyes’ fell was a pocketbook, “The Art of the Deal” by Donald Trump. Towards the visit, when his companions were walking towards their vehicle, the park caretaker said, Reyes asked for private moments in front of his mother’s grave. He saw Reyes sitting. Then he heard a deafening gunshot. Police recovered an empty shell of a .45 calibre pistol,” Tordesillas wrote.