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Sen. Edgardo Angara INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Outgoing Sen. Edgardo J. Angara was conferred the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun by Emperor Akihito in Tokyo on Thursday, making him the third Filipino to be given what is said to be the highest distinction given by the Japanese government to an individual.

Previous Filipino recipients of the award were the late Carlos P. Romulo, former foreign secretary and president of the United Nations General Assembly; and Alfonso T. Yuchengco, the country’s former ambassador to Japan.

Other known personalities who received the distinction were former Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, former United Nations Children’s Fund executive director Carol Bellamy, former British Prime Minister Sir John Major, the late US Sen. Daniel Inouye and former Brookings Institution president Michael H. Armacost.

The Philippine Embassy in Tokyo said Angara was given the recognition for his valuable contributions to “promoting friendly relations and developing economic cooperation between Japan and the Philippines.”

Simple rites

The award was given in simple rites witnessed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the senator’s wife, Gloria, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

The embassy noted that the Order of the Rising Sun was created in April 1875 to recognize individuals with “distinguished achievements in international relations, the promotion of Japanese culture, the preservation of the environment and advances in development and various fields.”

It is awarded in seven classes, with the Grand Cordon that Angara received being the highest class.

Support for PJEPA

The Japanese government recognized Angara’s zealous support for the Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (PJEPA) that came about in 2008 and had served as a strong link to the two countries’ sustained and increasingly dynamic economic engagement.

As a neophyte senator in 1988, Angara played a key role in forming the Philippines-Japan Parliamentarians Association (PJPA) and became its founding president.

He also headed the first PJEPA delegation to visit Japan for meetings with key members of the National Diet and other government officials. Angara is the group’s incumbent secretary general.

“I am deeply honored to receive the distinction of Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese government. Receiving the imperial decoration is itself a rare privilege; that His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Akihito, bestowed it is a supreme honor,” the senator said in an e-mailed statement.

Angara said the award “reflects the dynamic friendship between the Filipino and Japanese people.”

The senator pointed out that Japan was “one of the two most important strategic partners of the Philippines. Japan has consistently been the Philippines’ top export market and largest source of official development assistance. It also is the Philippines’ second-largest source of foreign direct investments.”

He added that ties with Japan “continue to grow stronger through development aid, trade, tourism and cultural and educational exchange” and urged the Philippine government to “continue enhancing our bilateral ties and keeping Japan at the center of our foreign affairs agenda.”

Premio Casa Asia

Angara was also awarded Spain’s Premio Casa Asia in 2010, the first Southeast Asian to win the foreign policy prize.

The Casa Asia Award is an annual recognition of individuals and organizations that either promote relations between the Asia-Pacific region and Spain or advocate human rights in the region.

Casa Asia cited Angara for pushing the annual commemoration of Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day on June 30 by authoring Republic Act No. 9187. He is also noted by the body for promoting the Spanish language and culture in the country.

Established in 2001, Casa Asia is a consortium made up of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, through its Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development, the Government of Catalonia and the Barcelona and Madrid City Councils.—With a report from Inquirer Research

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  • $18209031

    Another Japoazz kisser the likes of Ilocandio President quirino . He took the first step to forgive the Jap criminals in 1952. He was an apologist to these WW 2 brutal killers.

    • dgboy

      taga bohol ata si Pres Garcia

      • $18209031

        Mistake pala, si Elpidio Quirino.

    • Kaizensigma

      Next step is for Angara to pay homage to the Yakusuni Shrine and pray for souls of the dead WW2 Japanese militarist and their class A war criminals. After which he should try to explain this to the souls of millions of filipino martyrs and victims of these militarist and war criminals!

  • Brix Villapando

    24 yrs sa Senate. 200 million pork barrel taon taon. So 200 million times 24 equals? Parang tumatama sa Lotto taon taon ang mga senador at congressman….

  • Brix Villapando

    Dami nakurakot nito, nakaplog pa si Loren….

  • $18209031

    Playboy itong si Senator. Kilala yan sa UP Diliman pa noon.

    • berong es

      sinyota sa siguro dati no?heheheh

    • http://www.facebook.com/alfa.saclao Alfa Saclao

      don’t know about the womanizing but i do know THAT HE IS THE one who allow/make the phlippines to ship logs(even illegal) coming from sierra madre to japan directly from casiguran, which means with out passing through the phil. customs…. Now, large parts of sierra madre forest are in a very bad situation of SILTATION……………..

  • Castronaut

    I think Senator Ed deserves this. It’s amazing actually how he’s maintained great foreign relations and I think this is a really good thing.

    • vanibee

      paniniwala ko rin ‘to.. tingin ko lang eh, isa na siya siguro sa mga pinakamagagaling na naging senador natin at nakakatuwa na napapansin na din ng mga ibang bansa tulad ng japan..

  • Janinskie

    so coool!! I like the idea that we are in good terms with one of the more rich and powerful foreign countries, this could be really helpful for us!! :D

  • BoredRomeo

    To gain honor from Japan really says a lot about your success, integrity, intellect and sincerity in public service. This probably means he’s the epitome of Good Governance.

    • http://www.facebook.com/alfa.saclao Alfa Saclao

      HE IS THE one who allow/make the phlippines to ship logs(even illegal)
      coming from sierra madre to japan directly from AURORA, which means
      with out passing through the phil. customs…. Now, large parts of
      sierra madre forest are in a very bad situation of
      SILTATION……………..

  • Mel Manalo

    hihirit na naman nito si padreputa

  • tanyaaaa

    I love it! Keeping good foreign relations would snowball to the great economy I see ahead of us :)

  • joboni96

    Japanese government recognized Angara’s zealous support for the Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (PJEPA)

    treason ba to pilipino national interest?
    surrendering sovereign rights

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