MANILA - In the town he loved so dear, he was given eternal rest.
Former Senate President Edgardo Angara was laid to rest in his hometown Baler, Aurora Tuesday morning, in honor of his wish.
Friends and family members paid their final respects to Angara in a mass before his remains were brought to his ancestral compound in Barangay Reserva, where he was interred on a lot beside his house.
Among mourners who came were close friends and long-time colleagues Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Sen. Richard Gordon, Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano, and Sen. JV Ejercito.
The late lawmaker's son, Sen. Sonny Angara, vowed to continue his father's tireless advocacy for greater access to education and better public health services.
"I am truly proud of my father’s achievements and it is very important that his legacy continues," he said in a statement.
"My father was a true champion of the people’s right to education and all his advocacies as a politician and educator are all worth pursuing," he added.
The late Angara, who served in the Senate for 23 years, the longest since the restoration of democracy in 1986, pushed for crucial laws on legislation and the promotion of public health, among others.
He authored laws that created the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
He also pushed for the Free High School Act, which ensured access to secondary education, and the Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE), touted as the biggest state scholarship program.
Also among his landmark measures were the Senior Citizens Act, the Magna Carta for Public Health Workers, and the law that created the Philippine Health Insurance Corp.
He last held the position of special envoy to the European Union.
Angara passed away on May 13 due to a heart attack at the age of 83.