Edgardo J. Angara, 83 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 11:43




LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die…” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, the Holy Bible).


FORMER SENATE PRESIDENT ANGARA, 83: We wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to the Angara Family, now led by Sen. Sonny Angara, with the untimely death of his 83-year old father, former Senate President Edgardo “Edong” Javier Angara, last Sunday, May 13, 2018, on account of a heart attack.

Sending their condolences to the Angara Family as well are my siblings, Atty. Leny Lazo Mauricio (who, like the Angara father and son, Edong and Sonny, and like me, are all members of the UP College of Law Sigma Rho Fraternity), and Atty. Marisa Lazo Mauricio Panotes, who was Sen. Sonny’s classmate at the UP College of Law.

We share the grief of Sen. Edong’s passing, for we recognize, deep in our hearts, the untiring efforts of the Angaras to extend whatever assistance they could give to my brother, my sister, and to me in particular, while we were still at the UP Diliman, Quezon City, and even when we pursued our own niches in the legal profession as trial lawyers who defend clients during courtroom litigations, day in and day out.


EDGARDO J. ANGARA, A SOURCE OF GENEROUS HELP: I will never forget how Sen. Edong helped me in no small measure when he was still president of the UP during the waning years of the 1970s. I was then a new member of the Sigma Rho Fraternity, while I was also a police reporter of the then Daily Express pursuing night law school at the UP College of Law.

Apparently because some UP Police authorities then got disgusted with some articles I wrote for the Express then, they sued me before the UP Student Disciplinary Tribunal, with their objective then to subject me to some disciplinary penalty. After the trial of the charges against me, the Disciplinary Tribunal scheduled the release of its findings: one year suspension from school.

On the basis of those findings, then UP Law Dean Jerry Barican talked to me to implement the suspension against me. Divine intervention occurred, however, because before that penalty was to be carried out, Sen. Edong got installed as the UP President. Angara immediately ordered a review of the findings against me and, only a few days, a new decision came out saying I was not guilty of any wrongdoing.


EDONG ANGARA, GOOD FATHER, DOTING GRANDPA: Sen. Edong was born in Baler, Aurora, Quezon, on September 24, 1934. He finished law at the UP College of Law when he was barely 24 years old. While at the UP Law, he became a member of the Sigma Rho Fraternity. He was subsequently invited to become a member of the Pi Gamma Mu and Phi Kappa Phi international honor societies, for academic excellence.

In 1964, he successfully completed his Master of Laws Degree from the University of Michigan in the US. And, in May 1972, he and his brods from the Sigma Rho (including then Defense Secretary Juan Ponce Enrile) formed the ACCRA Law Office, which became the biggest and most powerful law office in the country, until today.

From 1981 to 1987, he served as UP President, in which he showcased his uncanny capability in public or government service, after a stint as the national president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. He is a loving father (to Sen. Sonny), and a caring and doting grandfather to his grandson, Javier, whom he brought on a Hongkong visit just last week.


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