The country has lost a great senator and a patriotic statesman with the death of former Senate President Edgardo Angara, Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said yesterday.
“His service to the nation and the laws he authored will be remembered long after he is gone,” Guanzon, former mayor of Cadiz City in Negros Occidental, said.
“He was a mentor and friend to me, and it is an honor to have worked for him when he was senator and Senate President,” she said.
Angara, who served as a senator from 1987 to 1995 and from 2001 to 2013, was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as special envoy to the European Union in May 2017.
During President Joseph Estrada’s administration he was Agriculture Secretary from 1999 to 2001 and Executive Secretary in 2001.
He also served as president of the University of the Philippines from 1981 to 1987 and Senate President from 1993 to 1995 under then President Fidel V. Ramos.
On Saturday the remains of the late senator will be airlifted to his hometown in Baler. Interment in the municipality will be on May 20.*CPG/PNA
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