Duterte pays tribute to ‘humble, quiet’ Angara: Pang-diplomat talaga!
President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday visited the wake of the late statesman Edgardo Angara in Taguig City.
Dutertearrived around 12:30 a.m. at the Heritage Park and were received by Senator Sonny Angara and his mother, Gloria Manalang-Angara.
The chief executive stayed at the chapel for more than an hour, then later paid respects to Alvaro Amador Muhlach, the father of celebrity Aga Muhlach, whose wake is also at the Heritage Park.
In an interview, Duterte described the elder Angara as a “very humble” and a “very quiet” person. “Pang diplomat talaga (Really fit to be a diplomat), of which I could never be one ever.”
Angara, who served as a senator from 1987 to 1995 and from 2001 to 2013, was appointed by the chief executive as special envoy to the European Union (EU) in May 2017.
The senior Angara was part of former President Joseph Estrada’s Cabinet as Agriculture Secretary from 1999 to 2001 and Executive Secretary in 2001.
He also served as president of the University of the Philippines from 1981 to 1987 and Senate President from 1993 to 1995 under then President Fidel V. Ramos.
On Saturday, May 19, the remains of the late senator will be airlifted to his hometown in Baler. Interment in the municipality will be on the next day, May 20. (PNA)