Miriam says Reyes family not yet off the hook for their father’s crimes, Trillanes not sorry for way he treated Reyes

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago said yesterday that former military chief Angelo Reyes’ family "may be summoned to the Senate hearing to investigate whether they (are) liable under the Anti-Graft Act." Reyes, who was embroiled in a controversial probe over alleged military corruption, died from a "self-inflicted" gunshot wound to the chest yesterday, reports GMA News.

"Technically, Gen. Angelo Reyes died with the presumption of innocence on his side, because he never went to trial... His death extinguished both his criminal and civil liabilities," Santiago said in a statement.

However, Santiago said that under the Penal Code, "his wife and children are obliged to restore whatever property may be proved to have been acquired by illegal means."


The police’ initial investigation showed Angelo Reyes’ fatal gunshot wound was self-inflicted.


Meanwhile, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV expressed his condolences to Reyes’ family but said he was not sorry for the way he treated Reyes. GMA News quoted him: "I'm the kind of person who learns from lessons of life. We would have wished or preferred that things ended on a more pleasant note, (but) that's just how life was meant to be for all of us."

According to GMA News, Trillanes and Reyes clashed during a Senate hearing because the former had to put the latter "in his proper place." Trillanes accused Reyes of being the "powerful person" behind former military comptroller Carlos Garcia who is currently facing a plunder case.



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