Angara’s remains were brought to the Senate for necrological services attended by his family, friends and former colleagues in government and the private sector.
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Senators pay tribute to late Senator Edgardo Angara
Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) - May 17, 2018 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Former presidents, senators and friends yesterday took turns paying tribute to the late Senate president Edgardo Angara, who was cited for his numerous contributions in the field of education, economy and the arts.

Angara’s remains were brought to the Senate for necrological services attended by his family, friends and former colleagues in government and the private sector.

His body was brought back to the Heritage Park in Taguig City. Tomorrow, his remains will be brought to the University of the Philippines in Dilliman where he once served as president.

His remains will be brought to his home province of Aurora on Saturday. Interment will be there on Sunday.

Former president and incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said he knew he could rely on Angara’s “honesty, intelligence and competence, and his goal of lifting Filipinos from poverty,” when the latter was his runningmate in the 1998 elections, and served under him as agriculture secretary.

“I consider it a great honor to have known him and be his friend. Thank you for your service and love for country,” he said.

Former president and incumbent Pampanga 2nd District Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo recalled how her father, former president Diosdado Macapagal, predicted “a bright political future” for Angara when they worked together in the 1971 Constitutional Convention.

“Edgardo Angara was a giant among legal luminaries and a skillful public servant. He wore many hats and he wore them well,” Arroyo said in her eulogy.

“The impact of his principled work is larger than life – on the old and the young, students, farmers, economy and education,” she said.

Former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel Jr. said Angara “wanted all our citizens, especially the poor, oppressed and marginalized to realize that to extricate themselves from the clutches of poverty, they must have access to education.”

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said Angara’s “output of laws is encyclopedic.”

“Not only are these laws many; they are meritorious. Today, they are valued as national assets. Unfortunately for him, laws one had crafted cannot be reported as assets in one’s SALN, otherwise he would have been the richest senator in history,” Recto said.

EDGARDO ANGARA GLORIA MACAPAGAL ARROYO HERITAGE PARK
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