Angie Reyes given special honors fit for a hero

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 13 2011 12:23 PM | Updated as of Feb 14 2011 07:01 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Civilians and the military alike gave honors to former Armed Forces chief of staff and defense secretary Angelo Reyes who was laid down to rest at exactly 12 noon on Sunday.

Grief filled the air as his family led by wife Teresita was surrounded by former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, former Armed Forces chiefs of staff Dionisio Santiago, Generoso Senga, and Hermogenes Esperon, among others.

A 19-gun salute fit for a fallen hero met his funeral cortege at around 11:00 a.m., followed by a funeral march showered by red and white rose petals dropped by an Air Force helicopter.

Star generals from the Armed Forces of the Philippines served as his pall bearers. Reyes was laid to rest in the dignitary’s section of the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio.

Reports from dzMM said even ordinary people were there to get a last glimpse of Reyes, who killed himself on Tuesday amid allegations of corruption.

During his necrological service on Saturday night, Lt. Col. Edgardo "Boogie" de Leon, shared that he believes Reyes took his life to save the military institution.

Reyes allegedly believed that he was the main target of a demolition job and the AFP was just dragged into it.

In an emotional response, Reyes's son Marc thanked everyone for their kind words. He described Reyes as "an honest public official aware that the system is flawed but still tries and never loses faith.”