Philippine ex-general dead in apparent suicide

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February 8, 2011 10:07

 
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MANILA, Philippines — A corruption scandal in which retired Philippine generals and their wives were accused of living lavishly off funds skimmed from one of Asia's weakest armies took a dramatic turn Tuesday with the apparent suicide of a former military chief.

Retired Gen. Angelo Reyes, 65, was pronounced dead on arrival at a Manila hospital from a single gunshot wound to the chest after visiting his mother's grave, Philippine Health Secretary Enrique Ona said.

Reyes, a prominent figure, had been accused along with two other former Philippine military chiefs of embezzling at least $1 million from the armed forces.

Ona refused to immediately confirm that Reyes had committed suicide, saying he was awaiting autopsy results.

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