Ex-Senate President Edgardo Angara dies at 83


MANILA — Former Senate President Edgardo Angara passed away on Sunday from an “apparent heart attack.” He was 83.

This was confirmed by his son Senator Sonny Angara.

“Sad to say my father former Sen Edgardo Javier Angara passed on from this life this morning at the age of 83, from an apparent heart attack,” the younger Angara said in a Twitter post.

In another post, Angara said they are still arranging funeral arrangements for his father.

“We ask for prayers for the repose of his soul,” he added.

Angara, who served as senator from 1987 to 1995 and from 2001 to 2013, was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as special envoy to the European Union in May 2017.

He ran for vice president in 1998 but lost to then senator Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Angara was part of former President Joseph Estrada’s Cabinet as Agriculture Secretary from 1999 to 2001 and Executive Secretary in 2001. Benjamin Nathaniel Bondoc/PNA-northboundasia.com