PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Tuesday visited the wake of late statesman Edgardo Angara in Taguig City.
Duterte and Go arrived around 12:30 a.m. at the Heritage Park and were received by Senator Sonny Angara and his mother, Gloria Manalang-Angara.
Go said the president went straight from a meeting in Malacañang to pay respects to the late senator.
At the wake, Go said the chief executive talked with Angara’s children.
“Nagkuwentuhan lang po with his (former Senator Edgardo’s) son Senator Sonny Angara at sa mga kapatid po niya. Napag-usapan rin po yung pagbisita namin bukas, doon po kami magla-landing sa lugar nila sa Baler, Aurora,” Go said.
Duterte stayed at the chapel for more than an hour, then later paid respects to Alvaro Amador Muhlach, father of celebrity Aga Muhlach, whose wake is also at the Heritage Park.
‘Humble, a role model’
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 Duterte as special envoy to the European Union (EU) in May 2017.
In a separate interview, Go also recalled his personal experience the last time he met the senior politician.
“Last Monday po naka-meeting ko po siya sa Malacañang, sa sandaling nakasama ko siya sa gobyerno as special envoy to the EU, (nakita kong) isa po siyang napaka-magaling na kasamahan sa gobyerno,” Go said.
“Sa sandaling nakasama ko po siya, napakamalumanay magsalita, at kagalang-galang. Isang ehemplo sa pagiging government official,” he said.
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.