Edgardo Angara, lawmaker and statesman, passes away at 83

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Posted at May 13 2018 09:35 PM | Updated as of May 14 2018 04:58 PM

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Former Senate President Edgardo Angara passed away Sunday. He was 83.

Angara's son, Senator Sonny Angara, said his father suffered from a heart attack.

Angara, who hails from Baler, Aurora, was a senator from 1987 to 1998. He served as Senate president from 1993 to 1995 during the administration of President Fidel Ramos.

In 1998, Angara ran for vice president, but lost to Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Under the administration of Joseph Estrada, Angara became Agriculture secretary from 1999 to 2001, and then Executive Secretary in 2001.

In May 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Angara as special envoy to the European Union.

Tributes pour in for the late senator Angara.

"A great patriot and a true friend" was how European Union Ambassador Franz Jessen wants to remember Angara.

Senator Joel Villanueva, meanwhile, said Angara was an outstanding leader and a notable man who pushed for landmark legislations on education.

He also added that Angara's legacy will be carried through the lives of Filipinos.

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said Angara was a true champion of the people's right to education. He also said the late senator will serve as an inspiration for other lawmakers who wish to continue his work.

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, also in mourning over the death of Angara, said it was the late statesman who guided him in his political journey.