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Angelo Reyes: The New Newsmaker of the Year

Angelo Reyes is the latest public official who made it to the broadsheet after committing suicide.  Who would not among us John Does dare talk about it when it happened after he was alleged to have figured in a big scandal involving the public coffer?

Public office is a public trust.  But what he has done — which is allegedly amassing wealth through the government coffer — is another form of mockery of this concept that has turned out to be an adage devoid of its real meaning.  After all, Filipinos do not deserve to have a public official like him.  I consider him a jinx who will surely make it to the history of the Philippines as the public official who stealthily stole the public wealth.

His family and those close to him are angered by so called trial by publicity.  According to Rep. Edcel Lagman, it is unfair for Angelo Reyes to be tagged as being involved in the scandal as he is still not found guilty beyond reasonable doubt, and it could have been the reason for him to end his life.  No, definitely not, Hon. Lagman.  He may have killed himself not because he has been constantly hounded by his conscience, but because he knew court trial would slowly batter himself to death.

Losing fame and glory after years in public service is not easy for him to accept, and it will surely lead him to innumerable nightmarish days of thinking of what he must have done as a public official, sworn in to public office with the obligation to serve the public without fail.  Come to think of it, when he killed himself, he lost the opportunity to steer himself clear of the allegation — which means, it was all his fault.

There is a better way to solve a problem, and he knew best what to do when he knew he has not done anything wrong.

Still, I bid adieu to him not as a Filipino but as person.  I care about him not as a Filipino but as a person.  His going to the grave of his mother — if talks that were rife were true — to say something to her is, maybe, a testament to his being vulnerable to the court trials that will ensue when a formal legal suit will be filed against him.

His case is no different from the rest.  It is just that he is onion-skinned and can thus be easily ruffled by a difficult situation like this.

Angelo Reyes,  it is good to hear you killed yourself.  Now, the number of crooked public officials decreases.

So I wish another Angelo Reyeses would do the same — killing themselves without the benefit of a trial and the government will save (its) time and money for not hearing cases like theirs.


About Danilo Tao-tuan Naraja

I am an expatriate based in Jubail, Saudi Arabia and work in the Admin and HR Division of an oil and gas company. I am an HR practitioner for more than a decade. I used to work for a Cebu-based local newspaper. I love to write human interest stories and started writing when I was still in high school.


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