Senator Sonny Angara
Senator Sonny Angara was elected senator in 2013, placing sixth with 16 million votes. A lawmaker for more than 12 years, he is one of the most hardworking and productive member of Congress having already more than 60 laws under his belt. He is the Senate’s leading voice in advocating for income tax reform to raise the take-home pay of workers, and to make the tax system a tool for economic progress, social justice and happier families.
In the 17th Congress, Angara currently chairs the following committees:
As chairman of the ways and means committee, he has been a leading voice for tax reform through the enactment of:
As former acting chairman of the Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources, he shepherded the passage of laws to ensure better jobs and working conditions for Filipinos such as:
He also chaired the Committee on Games, Amusement and Sports during the 16th Congress where he actively pushed for greater support for Filipino athletes. He is the sponsor of RA raised 10699 that the amount of financial incentives and benefits given to winning national athletes, and that would include athletes with disabilities in the grant of incentives. He is also the sponsor of laws establishing sports academies and training centers in Talisay, Cebu; Alfonso, Cavite; Dapa, Surigao del Norte; Oroquieta, Misamis Occidental; and, Tagum, Davao del Norte to hone the skills and raw talent of young athletes from the provinces and jumpstart grassroots sports development.
Like his parents, former UP and Senate President Edgardo Angara and history teacher Gloria Manalang, Sen. Sonny values education as a tool to fight poverty and ensure social mobility. He has pushed for laws that ensure greater access to education and scholarships for poor and deserving students, such as the Ladderized Education Act, the Open Learning and Distance Education Act, Youth Entrepreneurship Act, the Unified Student Financial Assistance System Act (UNIFAST), the law to include Filipino-Muslim history in the school curriculum, and the law requiring cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training before graduation.
Angara was recognized as one of the most productive congressmen during his nine-year stint as a member of the House of Representatives, representing the province of Aurora from 2004 to 2013 and is proud of having been a part of the province's transformation from a provincial backwater to a growing tourist, agribusiness and investment destination.
He authored many laws as a congressman including the Personal Equity and Retirement Account Act, the Credit Information System Act, the Pre-Need Code, the Magna Carta of Women, the Kasambahay law, the Expanded Senior Citizens Act, the Salary Standardization Law 3 that raised the salaries of government workers including public school teachers, RA 9504 that exempts minimum wage earners from paying income taxes, the Tourism Act, the Universal Healthcare Act, and the Renewable Energy Act.
For his achievements, he was recognized as one of the country’s Ten Outstanding Young Men for government service and legislation in 2010.
Aside from being a legislator, he has also been a practicing lawyer, law professor, and column writer.
He took up his basic education at Xavier School, and finished his undergraduate degree in International Relations with honors from the London School of Economics. He finished his law degree at the UP College of Law, and earned his Master of Laws degree from the Harvard Law School.
17th Congress Senators