Conscience caught up with Gen. Reyes?

THE SUDDEN, if unexpected, death of Ret. Gen. Angelo Reyes yesterday morning came as a great surprise, if not shock, to the nation.

Reyes has been at the center of a brewing storm, after Ret. Col. George Rabusa, former AFP Budget officer, spilled the beans about unabated and institutionalized  corruption by AFP top brass and implicated the former in that shenanigan.

Nabigyan daw ang Heneral ng retirement ‘Pabaon’to the tune of P50 Million.

Ayon sa datos, Gen. Reyes was a rare specimen of a man in uniform.

He was a decorated soldier- and an intellectual. He graduated as class valedictorian in a Cubao, Quezon City high school and was at the top seven (7) of his class when he graduated from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).

Small wonder then that even after he retired from the military service, he had to be harnessed to head several departments of the government, like the Department of national De-fense (DND), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Predominant sa naunang mga kuro-kuro tungkol sa pagkamatay ni Gen. Reyes ay ang katanungang ito: may katotohanan kaya ang mga naisiwalat  ni Col. Rabusa sa Blue Ribbon Committee hearing sa Senado?

His sterling record of accomplishments, both in the military and in civil government, in his various tours of duty/capacities  therein, may have really made Gen. Reyes believe he lived a distinguished, honest and honorable life.

He may have held so high his perceived reputation of himself that the imminence of its destruction/devastation as a consequence of ‘Whistle blower George’s’ shocking revela-tions was simply unacceptable, it finally tolled on the General!

If it were, indeed, the reckoning of CONSCIENCE that impelled Gen. Reyes to snap his own life, then, in my book,  he died in dignity.-Alex ‘Rapido’ Almario


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