PAG-ANGAT NG BAWAT PAMILYANG PILIPINO

Ito ang pangunahing adhikain ni Senador Sonny Angara sa bawat batas na kaniyang isinusulong.

Sen. Sonny is among the most hardworking and productive members of Congress, having sponsored or authored more than 200 laws in his nearly two decades of service as a legislator.

Like his parents, former Senate President Edgardo Angara and teacher Gloria Manalang, Sen. Sonny values education as a tool for fighting poverty. He has worked to widen access to education, pushing for the passage of the Free College Law, which makes tuition-free all state universities and colleges (SUCs) and select local universities and colleges (LUC); the Unified Student Financial Assistance System Act (UNIFAST) which ensures that scholarships go to poor and deserving students; and the Student Fare Discount, which expands the fare privileges given to students to cover public transportation on land, rail, and water, even air. He is also one of the authors of the Universal Kindergarten Law, the Ladderized Education Act, the Open Learning and Distance Education Act, Youth Entrepreneurship Act, the law integrating Moro history in the school curriculum, and several laws creating universities in far-flung rural areas.

Sen. Sonny also pushed for laws that improve healthcare services throughout the country. He co-authored and co-sponsored the Universal Healthcare Law which not only provides healthcare coverage to all Filipinos but also expands available PhilHealth packages to cover free check-ups and laboratory tests. To supplement the funding of this health measure, Senator Sonny fought to enact the law increasing the excise tax on tobacco products. He also authored the Healthy Nanay and Bulilit Act (or the First 1,000 Days Law), and the National Integrated Cancer Control Act. Among the health measures he continues to advocate are the free dialysis for the poor bill, and the bill creating a dental clinic in every rural health unit.

Sen. Sonny believes that with the right opportunities, Filipinos can work hard and build better lives for themselves and their loved ones. Hence, he authored legislation to ensure sustainable jobs and decent working conditions, among which include the law creating Public Employment Service Offices (PESO) nationwide; and the JobStart Law and the revised Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) to help ease youth unemployment. He advocated for higher workers’ take-home pay, pushing for the law raising  the tax exemption for 13th month pay and other bonuses, and the measure that lowered and simplified income taxes.  He also sponsored the law strengthening the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to provide greater OFW representation and benefits, the Seafarers Protection Act, and the law that made OFW balikbayan boxes tax-free.

Sen. Sonny’s initiatives also include measures that champion women (the Magna Carta of Women, Expanded Maternity Leave); protect senior citizens (The Expanded Senior Citizens Act, National Commission of Senior Citizens) and persons with disabilities (Expanded Benefits and Privileges of PWDs); and assist the informal sector (Magna Carta for Workers in the Informal Economy bill).

Sen.  Sonny is actively pushing for greater support for Filipino athletes. He sponsored the law that provided bigger cash incentives and benefits to winning national athletes and coaches, and included athletes with disabilities in the grant of incentives. He also sponsored laws which created the Philippine Sports Training Center—the national training facility for our national athletes—and established sports academies and training centers in various cities and municipalities for honing the skills of young athletes throughout the country. 

Sen. Sonny represented Aurora province for three terms in the House of Representatives (2004-2013) before he was elected to his first term as senator in 2013. He is proud of having been a part of Aurora province's transformation from a provincial backwater to a growing tourist, agribusiness and investment destination.

For his achievements, he was recognized as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men for government service and legislation in 2010, and one of the Outstanding Manilans for public service in 2017.

Senator Sonny is a graduate of Xavier School, the London School of Economics, the University of the Philippines College of Law, and Harvard Law School. He has been a regular newspaper columnist, and a professor of Law. He is the team captain of the Senate Defenders, the official basketball team of the Senate.

He is happily married to wife Tootsy. They have three children.
  • PERSONAL INFORMATION

    PERSONAL INFORMATION

    Born: July 15, 1972
    Family: Married with three children
    Father: Former Senator Edgardo J. Angara
    Mother: Gloria Manalang, teacher and former CCP chairperson

  • EDUCATION

    2002-2003 Master of Laws (LL.M.)
    HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, HARVARD UNIVERSITY,
    Cambridge Massachusetts, USA

    1995-2000 Bachelor of Laws
    UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES (UP) College of Law

    1991-1994 Bachelor of Science, Economics (International Relations)
    Second Class Honors, Upper Division
    LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE (LSE), London, England

    1989-1991 A-Levels
    DOUAI School, England

    Grade School and High School
    XAVIER SCHOOL, San Juan, Metro Manila

  • WORK EXPERIENCE

    1. Current Committees, Senate of the Philippines

    - 2019 to present, Chairperson, Senate Committee on Finance
    - 2019 to present, Chairperson, Senate Committee on Youth

    2. 2016 to present, Chairman, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas

    3. 2004 - 2013, Member, House of Representatives for the Lone District of Aurora

    - 2010 - 2013, Chairman, Committee on Higher and Technical Education
    - 2007 - 2010, Deputy Majority Leader and Committee on Rules Vice Chairman
    - 2004 - 2007, Deputy Minority Leader

  • OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE

    • Columnist, “Better Days” for Good Morning Philippines, “Trending Ngayon” for Remate, and “Agarang Solusyon” for Bulgar
    • Lecturer, College of Law of the New Era University and School of Law and Jurisprudence of Centro Escolar University
    • Associate Attorney, Litigation and Corporate Special Projects Department, Angara Bello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRA) Law Office
    • Member of the Delegation, Philippine Mission to the United Nations, New York
    • News Reporter, Business Section, The Philippine Star
    • Trainee, Metropolitan Bank and Trust Co.
  • AWARDS RECEIVED

    • The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Award for 2010 for his outstanding performance and achievements as a legislator
    • Honorary Doctorate Degree in Law, Ramon Magsaysay Technological University in 2011
    • Honorary Doctorate, Tarlac Agricultural College
    • Honorary Doctorate, Pangasinan State University
    • Tanglaw ng Bayan 2011, the highest award of recognition given by the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) to individuals with exemplary achievements in their respective fields
    • Gawad Rizal: Para sa Mabuting Paglilingkod 2015, an award given by the Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) to an individual who is a great influence to the youth, has enlightened the minds of others, served as an inspiration and fought for the betterment of the country
    • Named one of Men’s Health Magazine’s Heroes of Health and Fitness 2014 for initiating legislation to develop Philippine sports
    • Named one of PeopleAsia’s Men Who Matter 2015
    • Named one of the Tanyag na Ulirang Ama 2017