Edgardo Angara

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Edgardo J. Angara
Edgardo Angara picture.jpg
Senator of the Philippines
19871998, 2001incumbent
President of the Senate of the Philippines
Executive Secretary
Secretary of Agriculture
President, University of the Philippines System 1981-1987
Political Party: Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino
Born: September 24, 1934
Baler, Tayabas
Spouse: Gloria Manalang

To read the article in Filipino, go to Edgardo Angara.

Edgardo Javier Angara, Jr. September 24, 1934 – May 13, 2018) was a Filipino politician who served as President of the Senate of the Philippines from 1993 to 1995. He was a Senator from 1987 to 1998, Secretary of Department of Agriculture from 1999 to 2001, and Senator again from 2001 to 2013.

Early Life and Education

Edgardo Angara was born to a middle-class family in Baler, Aurora. He earned his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines in 1958. He earned his Master of Laws degree from the University of Michigan in the United States in 1964.

In May 1972, Angara together with Juan Ponce Enrile, founded the ACCRA Law Offices, which became the country's most recognized and prestigious law firm in less than a decade. From 1981 to 1987, He became president of the University of the Philippines.

Political career

Angara's achievements brought him into politics. He was a senator from 1987 until 1998. He was senate president from 1993 to 1995.

Angara prepared to run for president in the 1998 Philippine election, but decided against it when it became clear that he could not win over the popular vice president Joseph Estrada. He accepted a deal offered by Estrada to run as his vice presidential candidate, with the promise that he would be given a major role in running the government. Although Estrada overwhelmingly won the presidential race, Angara garnered 22% of the vote and placed second in a field of 9 candidates, losing to Senator Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino.

In 1999, Angara was appointed Secretary of the Department of Agriculture by Estrada.

On January 6, 2001, as Estrada's presidency was crippled by an impeachment trial and widespread allegations of corruption, Angara was appointed Executive Secretary following the resignation of Ronaldo Zamora, who was running for Congress. He only served for 14 days, as Estrada was toppled by the EDSA II Revolution on January 20. Angara was one of the few cabinet members who stood by Estrada until the end of his presidency.

Angara successfully ran for senator in the 2001 Philippine election. He was re-elected to a fourth term in 2007 and chaired the Committee on Education, Arts and Culture; Committee on Science and Technology; and the Congressional Commission on Science and Technology and Engineering (COMSTE).

Among the many laws he authored or sponsored include

  • Free High School Education Act
  • Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education or GASTPE Law
  • Generics Act
  • Law which created Philhealth
  • Original Senior Citizens Act
  • Agricultural and Fisheries Modernization Act
  • Government Procurement Act
  • Renewable Energy Act
  • RA No. 9490 which created the Aurora Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA)

During the impeachment trial of then Chief Justice Renato Corona, Angara acted as one of the Senator-Judges. He was one of the 23 Senator-Judges who voted to convict him of the impeachment charges and remove him from public office.

In October 2012, he expressed his desire to run for governor in Aurora Province. However, he withdrew and was replaced by his younger brother, Baler Mayor Arturo Angara. He retired from politics when his term ended in June 2013.

On May 17, 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Angara as special envoy of the Philippines to the European Union.


Angara died from an apparent heart attack on May 13, 2018 at the age of 83. Necrological services were conducted in the Senate halls where his former Senate colleagues attended his funeral and gave eulogies. His remains were buried in his hometown in Baler, Aurora.

Awards and Citations

  • Commandeur dans I'ordre des Palmes , Government of France
  • Lee Kuan Yew Fellow , Republic of Singapore
  • Most Distinguished Alumnus Award , University of the Philippines
  • Highest Professional Award , U.P. College of Law
  • Doctor of Educational Management (honoris causa), De La Salle University
  • Doctor of Laws (honoris causa), Southwestern University
  • Doctor of Laws (honoris causa), Mindanao State University
  • Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa), Philippine Normal University
  • Doctor of Humane Studies (honoris causa), Pangasinan State University
  • Doctor of Education (honoris causa), Don Mariano Marcos State University
  • Medalya ng Karangalan , Province of Quezon
  • Dangal ng Aurora Award for Public Service , Province of Aurora


  • National Movement for Free Elections, Chairman
  • Art Foundation of the Philippines, Chairman
  • Philippine Futuristic Society, Chairman
  • Philippine Philharmonic Society, Chairman
  • Metropolitan Museum of the Philippines, Chairman
  • Philippine Swedish Society, Chairman
  • Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Former director
  • Philippine-Japan Parliamentarians Association, Founding president
  • Management Association of the Philippines, Former board member
  • Sigma Rho Fraternity, Member
  • Order of the Purple Feather (UP Law Honor Society), Member
  • Distinguished Order of Quezon, Member
  • International Honor Society of Phi Kappa Pi, Member
  • International Honor Society of Pi Gamma Mu, Member

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