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Remembering Ed Angara: Tributes, condolences from GMA, senators, other politikos

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Politikos have expressed sadness over the death of former Senator Edgardo Angara and posted tributes and condolences over social media.

From senators, congressmen to ex-politikos, Angara was regarded as a great statesman, visionary, and a humble public servant.

“I would like to personally convey my deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of former Senate President Edgardo Angara. He was a true leader who instituted reforms for the betterment of the country. Most importantly, he was a friend who I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with. May his courage and leadership continue to inspire others. He will be missed but his valuable contributions to the country will never be forgotten,” former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo wrote on Facebook.

Senate President Koko Pimentel also mourned the passing of Angara, saying he was “a true public servant and a pillar of the Senate.”

“Our institutions are the product of the hard work and brilliance of Senator Angara and the leaders of his generation, and millions of our countrymen are beneficiaries of his belief in the power of education to improve lives and drive national development. Senator Angara was an educator, lawyer, and legislator with few peers; leaders of his caliber are a rare breed, and getting rarer still, and he will truly be missed,” Pimentel said.

“My deepest condolences to the family of former Senator Edgardo Angara—a stalwart of Philippine politics and a champion of education,” Senator JV Ejercito tweeted.

Senator Loren Legarda tweeted: “We lost a great man, a visionary, an indefatigable worker, a brilliant mind, an esteemed public servant. Ed Angara is much respected and loved by Filipinos. Rest In Peace, Ed.”

“Nakakalungkot na balita seatmate @sonnyangara. Praying for your Dad & your family. Pls. accept our deepest condolences,” Senator Nancy Binay tweeted.

Senator Cynthia Villar also offered condolences to the Angara family. “Our family’s sincerest condolences, Sen. @sonnyangara. We pray for the eternal repose of the soul of your father, Sen. Edgardo Angara,” she tweeted.

Senator Richard Gordon said Angara was “a great statesman, UP President-educator, lawyer, Senator-leader, & a friend & brother to many of us.” “Kate & I grieve & sympathize with my colleague, Sen. @sonnyangara , his family, & the nation. We pray for him & the family, and for his eternal rest with God in heaven,” he tweeted.

Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman said the country lost a good man following the demise of Angara. “Let us pray for the eternal repose of SEJA. Senator Ed Angara – a legend who will always live on.”

“Shocking and saddening news. Deepest sympathies at this time of grief and loss for you and your family,” former Presidential Communications Undersecretary Manolo Quezon tweeted.

Scroll down for the messages of condolence and support for the Angara family.

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