(May 10, 2016) Sa kauna-unahang interview ni Pangulong Duterte matapos manalo sa 2016 election. Ipinahayag niya ang masakit na sinapit ni Angelo Reyes sa kawalang galang ni Trillanes.
“Yung binastos niya [Trillanes] tapos the guy [Angie Reyes] tried to stand up and said, ‘I just want to protect my dignity.’
Tapos sinabi nito… ‘I could not really believe it from a PMAer to a PMAer nauna ka.’
Sabi niya [Trillanes] ‘You sit down because you do not have any dignity’.”
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(February 8, 2011, GMA News) Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Tuesday extended his condolences to the family of former Defense chief Angelo Reyes, who died from an apparent suicide, but stressed he wasn’t sorry about the way he treated the former military chief. “I’m the kind of person who learns from lessons of life. We would have wished or preferred that things ended on a more pleasant note, [but] that’s just how life was meant to be for all of us,” Trillanes told reporters hours after Reyes was pronounced dead at the Quirino Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City.
“I extend my condolences to the family of the late Gen. Angelo Reyes. We should respect their privacy,” he added. Reyes and Trillanes clashed two weeks ago at a Senate hearing on the alleged corruption in the Armed Forces in the Philippines (AFP). Reyes was accused of receiving about P100 million during his stint as AFP chief of staff, including P50 million as “pabaon” (send-off money) when he bowed out of service in 2001.
Reyes resigned as Defense secretary in 2003 in the aftermath of a military uprising where Trillanes, then a Navy officer, and more than 300 other soldiers seized a posh hotel in Makati City to condemn “widespread” corruption in the government. Trillanes vs Reyes Trillanes said he and Reyes clashed during the hearing because he had “to put him (Reyes) in his proper place.” He also accused Reyes, his former superior in the military, as being the powerful person behind alleged plunderer Carlos Garcia, a former AFP comptroller.
Reyes had denied the accusations against him and had asked Trillanes and three other senators — Senate Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada, Sen. Francis Escudero, and Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago — to inhibit from the hearing for allegedly being biased. The senators denied the motion and threatened to have him and his lawyer, Bonifacio Alentajan, cited in contempt.