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Legarda says Angara a great Filipino statesman

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For Sen. Loren Legarda, the passing of former Senate President Edgardo J. Angara marks the end of an era.

“He had an illustrious and unparalleled career in academe, law and politics. A trailblazer, he pioneered various pursuits, including the establishment of the ACCRA law firm, one of the most respected legal institutions in the country,” she said in a statement.

Legarda also noted that Angara became president of the University of the Philippines (UP) during a difficult time, from 1981 to 1987, during the Marcos administration.

“When he was Senate President, he forged an excellent working relationship with the Ramos administration,” she said.

“Ed was a great Filipino statesman and leader whom I had the privilege and honor of working closely with for causes bigger than ourselves.We had shared advocacies on education, agriculture, culture and heritage, environment, among many causes.,” Legarda said.

He embraced public service as a badge of honor, and worked tirelessly so that national interest reigned paramount over parochial concerns, she said.

“Indeed, today is a sad day for the Senate, his second home, and for the Filipino people whom he served so well till his dying breath. We lost a great man, a visionary, an indefatigable worker, esteemed public servant, deep thinker, one of the Philippines’ most brilliant minds, a dear friend,” Legarda said.

“Ed, may you rest in peace. My sincerest condolences to Sen. Sonny Angara and the whole family,” she added.

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