Angara, Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Manalang (LDP)

Angara, Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Manalang (LDP)

PERSONAL DETAILS
Age: 46
Place of Residence: Baler, Aurora
Political Party: Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP), Hugpong ng Pagbabago senatorial slate
Incumbent Senator: Yes
Terms as Senator: 1
FAMILY MEMBERS IN OFFICE
Bellaflor “Bella” Angara-Castillo, Congresswoman, Lone District of Aurora
Rommel Rico Angara, Vice Governor, Aurora
SALIENT ISSUES AND POSITION
Federalism: Yes
TRAIN Law: Yes
Ousting of Chief Justice Sereno: No
Divorce: No
Bangsamoro Basic Law-Yes
Anti-Political Dynasty Law-Yes
Martial Law in Mindanao: Yes
Marcos burial at Libingan ng Mga Bayani: Abstain
POLICY FOCUS/PLATFORM
Education programs (free college, Unified Student Financial Assistance System Act)
Senior citizen welfare
Universal healthcare
EDUCATION
Primary: Xavier School, San Juan City
Secondary: Xavier School, San Juan City
Tertiary: BA International Relations, London School of Economics
Graduate Studies: Law, University of the Philippines
Master of Laws, Harvard Law School
Honorary Degrees: Law (honoris causa), Ramon Magsaysay Technological University
GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE
Executive
Position, Office, Year
Legislative
Senator, 2013-present
Chair, Philippine Senate Local Government Committee, 2016-present
Chair, Philippine Senate Ways and Means Committee, 2013-present
Chair, Philippine Senate Games, Amusement, and Sports Committee, 2013-2016
Vice-Chair, Philippine Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, 2016-present
Vice-Chair, Philippine Senate Education, Arts, and Culture Committee, 2016-present
Vice-Chair, Philippine Senate Committee on Finance, 2016-present
Vice-Chair, Philippine Senate Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources, 2016-present
Vice-Chair, Philippine Senate Committee on Sports, 2016-present
Congressman, Lone District of Aurora, 2004-2013
Judiciary
Position, Office, Year
Local Government
Position, Office, Year
LEGISLATIVE WORK
Personally authored bills passed into law: 99 (as of 2016)
Total bills passed into law: 172 (as of 2016)
Important legislation:
(1) RA 10653 that provides that 13th month pay and other benefits not exceeding P82,000 shall be tax exempt;
(2) RA 10708 or the Tax Incentives Management and Transparency Act (TIMTA) which promotes transparency and accountability in the grant and administration of tax incentives to registered business entities;
(3) RA 10754 that exempts persons with disabilities (PWDs) from value added tax (VAT); and
(4) RA 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) which introduces reforms to Customs procedures including the raising of the tax exemption ceiling of balikbayan boxes.
(5) RA 10691 or the Act Strengthening the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) to help more Filipinos, especially in poorer areas, get a job;
(6) RA 10706 or the Seafarers Protection Act, which prevents ambulance chasers, particularly lawyers, from taking advantage of the plight of seafarers;
(7) RA 10801 or the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Act, which strengthens government's support to OFWs and mandates greater representation of OFWs in OWWA so that the needs and sentiments of Filipinos abroad will be better addressed;
(8) RA 10771 or the Philippine Green Jobs Act;
(9) RA 10741 or the Act Strengthening National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC);
SOURCES
Philippine Congress Bill Tracker: http://www.congress.gov.ph/legis/
Philippine Senate press releases:
http://www.senate.gov.ph/press_release/2018/0522_angara1.asp
http://www.senate.gov.ph/press_release/2019/0121_angara1.asp
http://www.senate.gov.ph/press_release/2016/0617_angara1.asp
Balana, C. (2012, July 4). Angara, De Venecia most prolific members of Congress in recent years. Retrieved from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/223073/angara-de-venecia-most-prolific-members-of-congress-in-recent-years?utm_expid=.XqNwTug2W6nwDVUSgFJXed.1
Esmaquel, P. (2018, October 17). Sonny Angara fends off TRAIN Law criticism as he files COC. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/politics/elections/2019/214567-sonny-angara-fends-off-tax-reform-law-criticism-during-coc-filing.
Evangelista, A. (2018, October 27). Where do 2019 senatorial bets stand on key national issues? Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/iq/214974-where-senatorial-bets-stand-key-issues-philippines
Placido, D. & Torres, S. (2018, May 17). Majority of senators sign resolution challenging Sereno ouster. Retrieved from https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/17/18/majority-of-senators-sign-resolution-challenging-sereno-ouster.
Viray, P. (2017, May 30). 15 senators back martial law in Mindanao. Retrieved fromhttps://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/05/30/1705060/15-senators-back-martial-law-mindanao.
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