Speech of Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III

Necrological Services for
Former Senate President Edgardo J. Angara

Senate of the Philippines, Pasay City
16 May 2018

Former Presidents Estrada and Macapagal-Arroyo, my dear colleagues in the Senate, former Senators, our Senate Family, the Angara and Javier Families, to all the friends and supporters of Senator Ed Angara, A Blessed Noon to all of you!

Today as we pay tribute and celebrate the life of our former colleague, we demonstrate with all sincerity how much we treasured the memory of the character the spirit, and the legacy of former Senate President Edgardo J. Angara.

Senator Angara was a distinguished public servant, statesman, legislator, educator, banker, lawyer, art patron, and farmer. He had an illustrious and eventful career as public servant which expand five decades – from delegate to the 1971 Constitutional Convention all the way to being appointed as Special Envoy to the European Union in 2017.

Along the way he held various positions – President of the Philippine Bar Association, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, as well as the Southeast Asian Law Association, President of the University of the Philippines, Senator, Senate President, Chairman of the Commission on Appointments, Senate Minority Leader, Chairman of the Philippine National Bank, Secretary of Agriculture, Executive Secretary, Senator again, and President of the Southeast Asian Parliamentarians Against Corruption.

Senator Ed Angara was born to a middle-class family in Baler, Aurora, and through sheer hard work, industry, and study – as a product of our public school system rose to the upper echelons of the government and the society. He even co-founded one of the most successful law firms in the country – ACCRALAW in 1972.

For all of us not born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth, Senator Ed Angara can and should serve as an inspiration and a role model – that success in what we have involve our selves can be achieved through hard work, industry and study – coupled with a clear vision and the ability to form and work with a competent team.

Now let me address my colleagues in the Senate especially the younger ones, and there are many of them. More than half of the Senate is younger than me.

Senator Ed Angara’s achievements should inspire us in our works. We should all look up to him as a paragon of what a Senator of our Republic should be.

As a lawmaker, the laws he authored, sponsored or supported made a significant impact in the fields of education, health, social welfare, agriculture, good governance, energy, environment, and even cultural arts. Name it, and he had contributed to it.

In particular, he was instrumental in the creation of the Technical Skills and Development Authority and the Commission on Higher Education.

I agree with Tito Ed education is the great equalizer – it is out weapon in the fight against ignorance and poverty.

As enumerated in our Senate Resolution, the legislative achievements of Senator Angara show us that he is a complete, multi-faceted, multi-talented, indefatigable visionary Senator.

As Senate President, he was instrumental in the creation of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Committee or the LEDAC.

Senator Edgardo J. Angara’s life on Earth was never idle. With a definitive sense of purpose, this man serve his mission to end, wasting no time.

We will miss him but we will continue to be inspired by him.

Thank God that his dutiful son and worthy successor, Senator Sonny Angara who is “Mr. Education” himself is a colleague of ours. He will be our constant reminder of the message and legacy of our departed, dearly beloved.

So Tito Ed, paalam na po sa iyo at Maraming Salamat po sa mahaba at matagumpay na serbisyo sa bayan.