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Home Columns Op-Ed Page Angelo Reyes' Heart Ailment Worsened by Senate Probe
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Written by Atty. Batas Mauricio   
Tuesday, 08 February 2011 19:10


By Atty. Batas Mauricio



…Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised … (Hebrews 10:35-36, the Holy Bible)


    WHY DID REYES COMMIT SUICIDE? Why did Angelo Reyes commit suicide? What was it that made him choose death rather than facing his accusers to prove them wrong? Whatever it was, Angelo Reyes was widely believed to be someone who was strong enough to not even think of taking his own life, even in the face of the greatest adversity.

    Unless, of course, Reyes thought that killing one's self is a manifestation of supreme strength, or a deliberate act intended to put one's self beyond the reach of one's enemies.


    REYES WAS A SICK MAN WITH A HEART CONDITION: But, if I am to believe former Navy Commodore Rex Robles, a leading figure in the EDSA I Revolution, Reyes was a totally sick and frail man as he faced the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee in connection with investigations on the plea bargaining agreement entered into by former Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia.

    Unknown to many of us, Robles said, Reyes had a heart by-pass operation, from which he was trying to recover, but which was apparently aggravated by his Senate appearance and the grilling he received as a result of the testimony of Lt. Col. George Rabuza, a former budget officer of the
AFP who claimed Reyes got P50 million upon his retirement as AFP chief.

    This delicate heart condition caused Reyes to stutter and stammer while answering questions by senators, and caused his uncharacteristic inability to cross-swords with Sen. Antonio Trillanes, IV, who cut him with a statement that the former general had no reputation to speak of in the first place.


    IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY, TURN TO GOD: What happened to Angelo Reyes gave rise to many lessons, but the one lesson that appeals to me the most is this: in the face of adversity, when everything seems lost, and when everyone seems to have deserted you, turn to God.

    This was in fact the message given by a daily spiritual meditation shared in the Internet by Bobot Apit (, as I was writing this column. For whatever it is worth, here is a part of this meditation:

"Having faith can be difficult, can't it? If you ask yourself if you truly believe what you say you do, it can sometimes create a tension inside of you. The reason for that is the world today says that you should live your life for the here and now and certainly not for something you can't physically see.

"Though it may sound contradictory, it's so important to have faith in God even in the midst of doubt. So when disbelief rears its ugly head, kill it by trusting God and by obeying his call on your life!" # # #


E ditor’s Notes:


1.     Bobot Apit’s compilation of spiritual readings and gospel passages could be accessed every day also in “The Daily B.R.E.A.D.” of this website at this URL:



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