Japan mourns Ed Angara’s death; Palakaibigan daw kasi

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Shocked and saddened. This was how the Japanese embassy in the Philippines described its sentiments over the passing of former Senate President Edgardo Angara.

In a statement, the Japanese Embassy cited Angara for “tirelessly” promoting friendly relations between the Philippines and Japan.

Angara was the founding President of the Philippines-Japan Parliamentarians Association (PJPA) “who had tirelessly promoted friendly relations between our two countries,” it said.

In April 2013, the Japanese government conferred the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun upon Angara for his “invaluable contributions to our bilateral ties.”

“He will be greatly missed by all those who were fortunate enough to have worked with him for his competence, courtesy, and his friendly personality. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his wife and family,” the embassy said.

Angara, 83, died of a heart attack last Sunday.

Necrological rites for him are scheduled at the Senate on Wednesday.