Senate adopts reso to honor late Senate President Edgardo Angara

MANILA The Senate adopted Tuesday a resolution honoring the late former Senate President Edgardo Angara and offering its profound sympathies and sincere condolences to his bereaved family.

Angara succumbed to heart attack last Sunday at the age of 83.

The resolution enumerates the illustrious and colorful career of former Senate President Angara as a public servant which spanned almost five decades, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said when he presented Senate Resolution No. 732 in consideration of Resolution No. 734 in plenary.

All of the achievements of Angara were enumerated in the said resolution.

If you look at the number of laws, the landmark laws, authored, shepherded, and passed by former Senate President Angara, we could not help but shake our head and not believe that someone could achieve all of these, Pimentel said.

I used to only associate Senator Angara with education because he authored the Free High School Education Act, but if you look at all the laws he passed, he was a multi-faceted, multi-talented legislator involved in various aspects of Philippine society, Pimentel said.

Angara served as senator from 1987 to 1998, and from 2001 to 2013.

During his tenure, he authored landmark bills such as the Senior Citizens Act, Free High School Education Act, establishment of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Technical Education and Skill Development Authority (TESDA), the National Health Insurance Act (Philhealth), the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA), the Renewable Energy Act, the Procurement Reform Act, the Generics Act, the Magna Carta for Health Workers, the National Museum Act of 1998, and the Ombudsman Law among others.

Prior to his death Angara was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as special envoy to the European Union in May 2017.

Before becoming a senator, Angara was the President of the University of the Philippines from 1981 to 1987.

He was also the President of the Philippine Bar Association in 1975 and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in 1979.

He served briefly as Executive Secretary in 2001 and Secretary of Agriculture from 1999 to 2001 during the Estrada administration.

He was appointed as chairman of the Philippine National Bank from 1998 to 1999.

My dear friends and colleagues, this is the man that we are honoring tomorrow, Pimentel said.

All the senators present during the session were made co-author of the resolution.

Pimentel said the Senate would present the resolution to the Angara family after the necrological service on Wednesday morning at the session hall.

Following tradition, the Senate adjourned its session early to mourn the passing of Angara. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency