Rabusa feels no guilt over Reyes's death

By Angelo Gutierrez, abs-cbnNEWS.com

Posted at Feb 09 2011 12:41 PM | Updated as of Feb 10 2011 05:34 AM

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MANILA, Philippines - Senate whistleblower George Rabusa said on Wednesday he does not feel guilty about the death of his former boss and close friend, former military chief Angelo Reyes.

"That's the truth. Hindi ko naman siya pinatay eh. Siya ang nagpakamatay ah (I did not kill him. He killed himself)," Rabusa said in an interview on ANC's “Headstart.”

Rabusa said that his supporters also feel the same way. He said he has been receiving anonymous text messages saying he should not blame for himself for what happened to Reyes.

He said Reyes could have been thinking that committing suicide was his honorable way to save his family from further public humiliation due to allegations that he pocketed military funds.

Rabusa said he cried during a live interview Tuesday on radio dzMM upon learning about Reyes's suicide because he was very close to his former boss and his family, including Reyes's mother.

He said that he also thought of committing suicide because of the burden of being involved in large-scale corruption in the military, but came to the conclusion that it was not the right thing to do.

"Pero hindi ako umalis at hindi ko tinalikuran (But I did not leave and I did not turn my back). That is the most honorable way to face these challenges," Rabusa said.

Rabusa earlier claimed that Reyes received P50 million "pabaon" before he left as chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in 2001. He said he and his former military comptroller Jacinto Ligot, personally delivered the money to Reyes.

He also accused former military chiefs Diomedio Villanueva and Roy Cimatu of pocketing military funds, and implicated former military comptroller Carlos F. Garcia in the controversy.

Won't stop disclosures

During the ANC interview, Rabusa also said Reyes's death will not stop him from his participating in congressional inquiries into military corruption.

He said he would no longer pursue plunder charges against Reyes since the former military chief is already dead, but he will continue his plan to file plunder charges against others involved in anomalies.

"I started this and I have to finish this," he said, adding that his revelations before the Senate and the House are supported by receipts and other documents.

His statements have also been corroborated by his former assistant, Col. Antonio "Sonny" Lim.

Meanwhile, Rabusa urged Cimatu and Villanueva to admit that they pocketed military funds and reveal what they know.

"I'm encouraging my two bosses para maging honorable sila. They should come out in the open," he said.