Sen. Edgardo Angara passes away at 83

Senate of the Philippines

Former Senate President Edgardo Angara peacefully passed away on Sunday, May 13, after succumbing to cardiac arrest. He was 83 years old.

According to his family, he was in his home in Tagaytay City when he had a heart attack and he was immediately rushed to Tagaytay Medical Center. He was then transported by air to St. Luke’s Medical Center-Global City, but the doctors were not able to revive him.

Born on Sept. 24, 1934, Angara worked as an educator, lawyer, lawmaker, diplomat, and promoter of farmer’s rights.

He served as the 15th president of the University of the Philippines from 1981 to 1987, 16th Senate president from 1993 to 1995, minority floor leader from 1995 to 1996, chairman of the Philippine National Bank from 1998 to 1999, 29th secretary of the Department of Agriculture from 1999 to 2001, 32nd executive secretary of the government in 2001, and senator for several terms from 1987 to 1998 and 2001 to 2013.

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Among the major contributions of Angara as a lawmaker were the creation of the Commission on Higher Education the Technical Education and Skill Development Authority, the new National Museum and the National Commission on Culture and the Arts; the passing of the Free High School Act, the Senior Citizens Act, the National Health Insurance Act, the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act and the Magna Carta for Public Health Workers; and the implementation of the Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education.

Barely a year before his demise, Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte appointed him as a special envoy of the Philippines to European Union.