Juan Edgardo Angara

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Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara
Representative, Lone District of Aurora
Chairman, House Committee on Higher and Technical Education
Deputy Majority Leader, House of Representatives, 14th Congress
Deputy Minority Leader, House of Representatives, 13th Congress
Political Party: Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) (2004-present)

Team PNoy, Liberal Party Coalition (2013-present)

Born: July 15, 1972 (age 40)
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Spouse: Elvira E. Angara
Religion: Roman Catholic

Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara (born 15 July 1972), is a three-term Representative of the Lone District of Aurora. He has co-authored several laws, including the PERA Law, Magna Carta for Women, Tourism Act and the Juvenile Justice Law. He is one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of the Philippines for 2010.

Angara is married to Elvira E. Angara, sales manager of the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. They have three children.


Early Life

Angara was born in Manila on 15 July 1972. His father, Edgardo Javier Angara is a Senator, while his mother is a teacher and former Chairperson of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. His aunt, Bellaflor Angara-Castillo, is the governor of Aurora.


Angara is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Economics major in International Relations in London School of Economics and Political Science.

He took up Bachelor of Laws in the University of the Philippines from 1995 to 2000, where he spent some time being a member of the Editorial Board of the Philippines Law Journal, a member of the Order of the Purple Feather Honor Society and the Debate Society. 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.


Angara worked as a trainee at the Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. in 1991. In 1992, he worked as a news reporter in the Business Section of The Philippine Star. From September to December 1994, he served as Apprentice and Member of Delegation in the Philippine Mission to the United Nations.

Angara also worked as campaign staff and legislative researcher in the summer season of the years 1995, 1997 and 1998. He also worked at the Office of Senator Edgardo Angara. From 2001 to 2003, he worked as an associate attorney in the litigation department of the Abello Concepcion Regalla & Cruz (ACCRA) Law Office.

House of Representatives

In 2004, Angara was elected as the Representative of the Lone District of Aurora, succeeding the then-outgoing Bellaflor Angara-Castillo, his aunt. At 31, this made him one of the youngest members of the House. In 2007, he was re-elected for the 14th Congress and served as the Deputy Majority Leader (making him an ex-officio member of all standing and special committees in the House). In 2010, he was re-elected for his third and final term. Currently, Angara sits as the Chairman of the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education.

In December 2011, the 188 members of the House of Representatives signed the impeachment complaint against then-Chief Justice Renato Corona. Angara was one of the signatories of the complaint, which was eventually adopted as the Articles of Impeachment and was passed for consideration of the Senate Impeachment Court. During the Impeachment Trial, Angara, together with Miro Quimbo and Lorenzo Tañada III, were assigned as the official spokesperson of the House Prosecution Panel.

During his incumbency as a legislator, Angara worked on legislation that focused on his constituency, education, and development. He also authored several measures on diverse areas such as women's rights, economic and fiscal reform, good governance and civil service reform, consumer welfare, environmental protection, tourism, and health.

Bills Authored and Enacted into Law

Angara has authored and co-authored more than 50 bills which have been enacted into law. Some of them are:

  • RA 9710 Magna Carta of Women
  • RA 9994 Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010
  • RA 10157 Kindergarten Education Act
  • RA 9500 The University of the Philippines Charter of 2008
  • RA 10361 Kasambahay Act
  • RA 9510 The Credit Information System Act
  • RA 9505 Personal Equity and Retirement Account (PERA) Act of 2008
  • RA 10142 Financial Rehabilitation and Insolvency Act (FRIA) of 2009
  • RA 9856 The Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Act of 2009
  • RA 9829 The Pre-Need Code
  • RA 10069 Health Workers’ Day
  • RA 10066 National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009
  • RA 9497 Civil Aviation Act of 2008
  • RA 9593 Tourism Act
  • JR 04 Salary Standardization Law

Pending Bills

Angara has almost 200 bills still pending in Congress. Some of them are:

  • HB 5915 Bill of Rights for New Graduates
  • HB 6262 Free College Entrance Exam
  • HB 6197 Early Years Act
  • HB 88 Expanded Government Assistance To Students And Teacher In Private Education Act
  • HB 6643 Enhanced Basic Education Act Of 2012
  • HB 645 School Building Program Act of 2010
  • HB 3434 An Act Establishing a Philippine High School for Sports
  • HB 3812 Anti-Bullying Act of 2010
  • HB 86 Freedom of Information Act
  • HB 87 Mandatory Universal Health Care Coverage Act
  • HB 457 Medical Tourism Act of 2010
  • HB 246 Anti-Kotong Act
  • HB 452 Whistleblower Protection Act
  • HB 247 Collective Investment Schemes Law
  • HB 768 Magna Carta for the Workers in Informal Employment

Awards Received




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