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Ex-Senate President Angara gave free tutorials to colleagues, Recto says

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A known educator, the late Senate President Edgardo Angara did not spare even the Senate, turning the chamber into a classroom, providing free tutorials to colleagues whenever he’s speaking on the floor, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said.

“While education was his banner advocacy, he was just as prolific, as proficient and as passionate in crafting laws aimed at helping the troubled and the distressed or give hope to those with promise and potential,” Recto said in his eulogy for Angara.

“One day he can be discussing banking terms in boardroom-speak and the next day he can be explaining fertilizer formula in the lingua franca of the magsasaka. One minute he will be fielding questions on pensions with the skill of an actuarian and the next hour, he will be lecturing on the Spanish rule like a tenured historian,” he added.

Among the legacy left behind by Angara include the Free High School Act, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) among many others.

“The laws on education he authored were so many that they required a separate catalogue. He passionately believed that any child, like the promdi from Baler that he was, can go as far and as fast in life as his education can take him,” Recto said.