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Juan Edgardo Angara, son of former University of the Philippines President, former Senate President, and incumbent Senator Edgardo J. Angara, follows the footsteps of his father as he runs as a senatorial candidate under the Liberal Party.
Also known as “Sonny” Angara, the Filipino legislator and advocate of educational reform was elected to the House of Representatives in 2004, 2007, and 2010, representing the Lone District of Aurora. Currently he’s the chairperson of the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education, making him ex-officio member of the Board of Regents of the University of the Philippines.
Juan Edgardo Angara has co-authored several laws, including the PERA Law, Magna Carta for Women, Tourism Act and the Juvenile Justice Law. One of The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) awardees in 2010, he has been described as a “prolific and hardworking legislator” by non-partisan groups tracking the performances of legislators.
Angara is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Economics major in International Relations in London School of Economics and Political Science. Juan Edgardo Angara took up Bachelor of Laws in the University of the Philippines from 1995 to 2000. After being admitted to the Bar in 2000, he continued his graduate studies and took Master of Laws at Harvard University from 2002 to 2003.
If elected, he said his focus will be on education and job opportunities. “We have six million out-of-school youths, including the drop outs. They are struggling in life because they have no training so enrolling in vocational courses is important to help them.”
Part of the Team PNoy senatorial candidates, Juan Edgardo Angara was included in the Top 12 winning circle of senatorial candidates in the May 13 elections based on recent surveys by independent pollsters, including Stratpoll.
Team PNoy senatorial candidate Edgardo “Sonny” Angara vowed to craft and pursue legislations that seek to promote party-list groups’ advocacies and bring quality education and economic developments to grassroots.
He also called on the government to invest in the Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) in order to meet the growing demand of companies for skilled professionals both in the domestic and international locations.
Aside from these he called on the government and the people to join a new revolution that would spur a high road economic growth and translate the democratic gains of the EDSA People Power Revolution 27 years ago into new jobs and wealth.
“We really need an economic revolution to make democracy work,” Angara stressed. ” Democracy is just a figment of the imagination if the rich still gets richer and the poor, poorer. Wealth must be broadly shared. Let ‘s level the playing by giving the common people vast opportunities to have access to quality education and jobs so they can live comfortably,” he said.