Angelo Reyes’ sons slam "grossly inaccurate, terribly unfair" reports on their father; anti-crime advocate Ang-See defends Reyes

The five sons of former Armed Forces Chief of Staff Angelo Reyes broke their family’s silence yesterday after keeping mum since Reyes’ death on Tuesday, reports GMA News. The police’ initial investigation showed that Reyes, embroiled in a probe over alleged military corruption at the time, died from a "self-inflicted" gunshot wound to the chest.

"For the past few years, many different people have spoken and written about our father, Angelo T. Reyes, in newspapers, television, radio and public gatherings," reads the statement signed by Bogie, Jett, Marc, Carlo and Judd Reyes. "Unfortunately, some of these accounts have been grossly inaccurate, terribly unfair and downright vicious. We suppose that’s part of the price a public servant has to pay."

About two weeks before Reyes’ death, former military budget officer George Rabusa claimed at the Senate that Reyes received a pabaon (send-off gift) worth at least P50 million. Reyes’ sons said, according to GMA News, "To us, his children, he is and will forever be, our idol. No amount of ridiculous rumors, intrigues and accusations... will ever change that."

Meanwhile, anti-crime advocate Teresita Ang-See defended Reyes yesterday on Umagang Kay Ganda, reports ABS-CBN News. Of Reyes’ term as the chief of the National Anti-Kidnapping Task Force where she also served, she said, "Wala kaming naramdaman na may nag-complain na tauhan na may nawawalang pondo o dina-divert na pondo. Lahat talaga ng kailangan nila ipinagkakaloob ni Sir Angie. (No one complained that there were missing or diverted funds. Sir Angie provided what his staff needed)."

Ang-See, head of the Movement for the Restoration of Peace and Order, added that Reyes would even dip into his own pocket when they lacked funds for operations.

If Rabusa’s allegations against Reyes were true, Ang-See said the latter’s family should be living an ostentatious lifestyle. "Compare (Reyes’) sons to the sons of Carlos Garcia. They (Reyes’s sons) were only wearing t-shirts at the wake (of their father)."

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