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Lessons Sonny Angara learned from his old man

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JUAN EDGARDO ANGARA: I’ve been told to sex up issues but that’s not me. I’ve done well if I’ve built on institutions. PHOTO BY EDWIN BACASMAS

In an election campaign dominated by old and familiar names, his is one that easily stands out: Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, son of a political veteran whose family rules the politics of Aurora province.

His name stands out but no one really knows much about him.

Who is this congressman with the boyish good looks, who was supposedly handpicked by President Aquino to join the administration’s senatorial ticket?

This apparently is a major challenge for Angara in his first national campaign: How to introduce himself not just as the son of an accomplished father but as someone who can stand on his own merits.

Angara, 40, has his work cut out for him. Awareness of him among voters is stuck in the region of 80 percent, which is more than 10 points lower than that of the more popular candidates, particularly incumbent senators.

Rep. JV Ejercito, another senatorial aspirant whose candidacy is being propelled by name recall associated with a well-known parent, reportedly does not even bother with “awareness” anymore.

Ejercito is now supposedly focused on the actual votes, as his popularity has reportedly soared after he began using the screen name of his wildly popular ex-movie idol father, deposed President and convicted plunderer Joseph Estrada.

Angara has 90 days to turn things around. But he’s not about to dissociate himself from his father, Sen. Edgardo Angara, whose name has lately been dragged into controversy by the issue of political dynasties and the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone (Apeco) project, whose creation was a father-and-son legislative effort.

Angara’s demeanor is not that different from his father’s. Like his old man, he is soft-spoken and reticent.

Unlike his father, however, Angara is the cool type, never raising his voice, sometimes to the point of seeming to be perennially reverential—even apologetic—even to people he doesn’t know. But he says that’s who he is and he is not planning on changing that.

The senior Angara can be combative, confrontational and sarcastic under fire. It showed at the height of the Apeco controversy when Sen. Sergio Osmeña III accused him of conflict of interest.

It was alleged that the father and son legislators had authored the Apeco law so their family could financially benefit from the project, which covers 12,400 hectares of land. The Angaras have denied the allegation, insisting that the ecozone would benefit the poor people of Aurora.

“We stick with what we are comfortable with. I’ve been told many times that I should go on the attack, tackle issues which are sexier. But that’s not me. Maybe some people might be looking for something radically different. They might be disappointed,” the candidate said.

Keeping the status quo would mean no singing or dancing in Angara’s campaign sorties. The entertainment part of the Angara campaign will presumably be handled by pop star Sarah Geronimo, who has been taken on as a celebrity endorser.

 

No ordinary candidate

If anything, Angara believes that his being his father’s son would work to his advantage during the actual campaign.

“I won’t go out of my way to separate myself from him because I don’t see the need to,” he told Inquirer editors and reporters recently.

Juan Edgardo Angara. PHOTO BY EDWIN BACASMAS

He is no ordinary candidate. He comes from a political family long entrenched in Aurora politics. However well-meaning his motivations for running might be, a Senate election victory for him would mean the continuation of the Angara “lineage” in the Senate, much like the already entrenched Pimentels, Cayetanos, Estradas and Enriles.

Does he think he deserves to be elected by virtue of political pedigree?

“By all means, scrutinize the candidates. Don’t give us a free ride, including myself. Make things difficult for us,” he said, confident that his legislative work in the past nine years could stand scrutiny. At the very least, he thinks it has earned him the opportunity to run and succeed his father.

A ‘benign’ dynasty

Angara rejects the idea that “all [political] dynasties are bad.” He says there are “benign” dynasties, counting among the angels the one that his family has erected in Aurora.

In true dynastic fashion, Angara’s aunt, Bellaflor Angara-Castillo, who is on her last term as governor of Aurora, is running for the congressional seat that he is vacating. His father, a last-termer senator, at first indicated that he would run for the gubernatorial seat his sister was vacating. But he withdrew in favor of his younger brother, the outgoing mayor of Baler town. And so it goes.

For years, Aurora has been synonymous with the name Angara, much like Tarlac is with Aquino, Ilocos Norte with Marcos, Ilocos Sur with Singson or San Juan with Estrada.

But Angara pointed out that the family name has also been associated with education, job creation and health care—gut issues that are expected to figure prominently during the campaign.

Angara has no problem with power being concentrated in one family “as long as [the position] is democratically given, there’s no use of force or [they] are not warlords.”

But he admits that the “quality” of public service could also suffer if family members “find it so easy to get into office.”

That’s why voters should not elect candidates “on the basis of name recall” or allow them to “piggyback on a more successful ancestor,” he said.

High-priced education

Angara’s educational background is exceptional: He’s a graduate of both the London School of Economics and Harvard University, where he finished a master’s degree in law. He practiced law for more than a year until the family business beckoned.

He ran for Congress in 2004, his victory virtually assured in the family-dominated Aurora province. By all accounts, he is a hardworking, if quiet, congressman. Among the measures that he has authored are the Universal Kindergarten Act and the “kasambahay” bill, which has yet to be signed into law by President Aquino.

 

High-profile job

But outside of Angara’s home turf, people generally know his surname in association with his more famous father. Last year, he got something of a break when he became one of the spokespersons of the team of congressmen who prosecuted former Chief Justice Renato Corona in the Senate impeachment trial.

It was a high-profile job that he shared with Representatives Miro Quimbo and Erin Tañada. But he admits having been upstaged by his colleagues, particularly Quimbo with his boy-band haircut and bombast.

Whether his exposure throughout the Corona impeachment raised his public profile, it did not show in the survey that came right after the trial, according to the younger Angara. If anything, he saw his ratings dip, which he said was because the mass of Filipinos, who comprise the majority of voters, were not the trial’s main audience.

But his involvement in the Corona impeachment did bring a salutary effect. It provided a “separation from my father—people knew that there was a Congressman Angara,” he said.

More importantly, he said it brought him to “the attention of the powers-that-be, the President,” who was in the process of putting together the administration’s senatorial ticket for the May 2013 elections.

The “separation” from the father could be short-lived, however, as for the next three months, the senior Angara will be his son’s campaign manager on the principle that there’s so much to learn from a grizzled veteran who still values “personal contact” in a campaign.

 

Institution building

Behind the scenes, however, is the more important aspect of legislative work, that of “institution-building,” as Angara put it.

“My viewpoint is I’ve done well if I’ve built on institutions, if I’ve made things better, as opposed to someone who has not done anything or maybe just warmed his seat,” he said.

“Rather than reinvent the wheel, you just ask what’s there and ask yourself how you can make things better,” he said, citing his father’s work in the area of education.

From his old man, Angara said he got a lesson on what constitutes real achievement.

“He’s from the school [of thought] that believes that achievements would speak for themselves, which may or may not be true,” he said.


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Tags: 2013 midterm elections , Aurora province , Juan Edgardo Angara , Philippine politics , Philippine Senate , Sonny Angara


  • where_I_stand

    If this young Angara has truly learned the lesson and advocated institution-building, then he should have refused that huge billboard ad featuring his family with his father. Clearly, it was more of a political ad than a commercial ad. Hypocrite!

    • pytpinay

      i have learned how to be kapal from my father — sonny 

      ANG KAKAPAL! TELL YOUR DAD TO GIVE BACK THE LOOT THAT HE GOT FROM JUAN LOLONG ENRILE!

  • w33k3nd3r

    If you’re that smart and skilled, can’t you make a living elsewhere? Stop making a business out of public service! Hindi negosyo ang gobyerno! Stop filling it up with your angkan! It just shows how lazy you are because you don’t want to leave your comfort zone by working elsewhere!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Still, the Apeco project will hound you.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/iV0XkkNontlsHWTkG2jcuz.PB64A#6b054 F alonso

    Puro kayo Drawing at pa pogi,may gusto bang maging Congressman at Senador kung walang Pork barrel?

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    11 Important Life Lessons Sonny Angara learned from his dirty old man Edong Angara:
    ______________________________________________________

    01. Love thyself. Put self-interest above God, country and constitution.

    02. Think long-term. Establish a political dynasty to stay in power forever.

    03. Dream big. Build your dream sandcastle / port city along the Pacific seaboard.

    04. Pretend to be smart. Use technical words, jargons, quotable quotes as if you know them.

    05. Try to be nice. Accuse others of premature campaigning but also say the rules are unclear.

    06. Pretend to be intellectual. Come up with bogus plans like APECO & earn P2.3 billion.

    07. Stay with the winning team. Ally with PNoy’s administration as long as he’s popular.

    08. Stay away from losers. Look how Daddy skillfully stabbed Erap in the back after using him.

    09. Turn disasters into opportunities. Join PNoy’s tours in disaster-hit areas to win visibility.

    10. Respect time-honored traditions. Traditions like cash-gifts & MOOEs must be cherished.

    11. Uphold the rule of law. Land grab is lawful since indigenous people have no land title.

    • m1ghtym0use

      NATUTUWA AKO SA MGA PINOY NA KATULAD NIYO. HAHAHA. 

  • John_Galt_II

    Magkano kaya ang ibinayad sa reporter no to?

  • ryan andres

    The most important lesson Sonny learned from his old man is how to rob people blind – and get away with it.

    I hope you lose in the elections, pendejo!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DRM3P22KM7UVOQUIO6FOTVLSSI X44

    “Can buy my love”, a media with a price. Another evil in our midst.

  • wehd1nga

    NO to POLITICAL DYNASTY!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QSBNZB3TEKHJE5A74STZTTUHC4 ed0408

    Another lesson. Think global and always position yourself to maintain, protect and promote self-interest and the family. Bankroll election expenses including vote buying to ensure victory. That’s how political dynasties stick forever in the Philippines.

  • ano ikaw

     Ang kapal!

  • Loggnat

    Benign dynasty….. so benign that the province of Aurora was left in the dust by other provinces in terms of progress and betterment of the living conditions for its constituents. A beautiful and rich province with natural beauty that will be suitable for environmental tourism but still languishing in poverty while its political leaders enjoys the best London school and Harvard university for their children. Litmus test for Angara Jr. will be his sponsorship if not authorship of the Freedom of Information bill that will open the bank accounts, investments, and properties of the politicians current and future for accountability and transparency. Any less than that, he, as an Angara should not be elected as a senator just to perpetuate the Angara dynasty and its stranglehold on the province of Aurora. Personal pick of the president or not….. enough is enough. 

    • JewelAgoncillo

      Maganda na kaya ang Aurora ngayon :) 

  • ano ikaw

    kung manalo si Enrile, Angara, Pimentel, Estrada at iba pa ryang anak or kamaganak —-tanga na talaga ang taong bayan!

    • kismaytami

      No, hindi lahat, let’s put it this way, mas maraming bobotante versus wise voters.

      • ano ikaw

        kaya mas maraming walang trabaho at walang pera sa bansa.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    Lesson he learned from his father is how to engage in illegal businesses like illegal logging without being caught.

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    “Like his old man, he is soft-spoken and reticent.”

    A “soft-spoken and reticent” politician is just a politician who pays others to do the boasting and humbugging for him.  It actually makes him twice the cheat he already is.

    In the case of Mr. Rep. Angara, the proof is this very “news article” itself, and some of the “praise comments.” Plus the photographs. Tell me of a PDI “news article” which carried TWO photographs of the the person being “eulogized”? And the candles are even missing.

    This PDI piece is an insult to their readers.

    NO TO POLITICAL DYNASTIES. DEATH TO DYNASTS!

    • repapips

      weak argument. hater.

  • DonkeyKong1

    I actually believe in him. I thinks he’s really is a smart man and belongs to the ‘New Generation’ of  politician that will make this country better. Give this guys a chance. Iba naman sila ng pag iisip ng erpats niya.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HQD3I42NN5GHFYN25Q7YYVD6Q4 Paul

    “Don’t give us a free ride, including myself. Make things difficult for us,” – I like what he said here. Upon checking his track records, all I can say is that this man is a legit “Lawmaker.”

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/I6KSUNGGFB5TBTGW2X7G7M5JEM Daniel

      18 laws na naipasa niya. Astig e noh?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/LDFCZDMT47EJRAXK4MDK5LPAEI Marjorie

        This includes the anti-bullying act of 2010 diba?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/LN4B3N7F4SMO6QP6Y3LZU5SJJI Antonio

      Yes. And I like the idea that he wants to WORK for the people, Sonny Angara is actually encouraging us to give him headaches, back pains, and stress. haha very admirable. I like it. More and more, as I read up and gain insight on this guy, I find a candidate I genuinely am interested in. You have my attention Sonny Angara, and from the looks of it, everyone else as well. Keep it up!

  • JewelAgoncillo

    sa mga pol dynasties I think that his family belongs to the ‘good’ dynasty. Last time pumunta ako sa Aurora napaka ganda na e. Wala akong masabi and it shows na may progress na talaga dun. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/GLHTI66K6X7T3PVYX5TQIVWNRQ Kelvin

      Some dynasties are actually good dynasties. Gotta agree with u there,

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/LN4B3N7F4SMO6QP6Y3LZU5SJJI Antonio

      I definitely agree with you there. There is no denying the fact that political dynasties do exist in our country but just like any family-owned trade or skills that are nurtured within the home- there are good and bad results, good or bad seeds. I firmly believe that this Sonny Angara fellow is of the good kind. He has remained consistent in trying to improve on what his father has started. Sonny Angara used to not even be a blip on my radar. Now I am seriously considering supporting him, in fact, I’m 90% sure to vote for him. I just have one last item- I wanna see him do more for Anti-bullying. (he authored it)

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HIYXNAX6266RQVKW6BEJC4T4CM Ina

      Yesiree! For me, kasali ang mga Angara sa few “Good” dynasties na merono dito sa Pinas.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/I6KSUNGGFB5TBTGW2X7G7M5JEM Daniel

    I like him because of the Free College Exam law. I do like voting for candidates who takes Education seriouly. Astig ka sir

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KNW5GIEJVWPARC4MOBMOE55DTY Rachelle

    Ang gwapo niyo po <3 <3 <3 :)

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HIYXNAX6266RQVKW6BEJC4T4CM Ina

      hihihi. honga. Akala ko ako lang nakakapansin nun.

  • JasperSycip

    If his platform is “Education” then I’ll definitely vote for him. As a teacher, I want a better future for our students. I just hope he continue and improve what his father did for our country’s education system.

    • mad_as_Hamlet

      “I just hope he continue and improve what his father did for our country’s education system.”

      Your post could be used as evidence to any such improvement.  And, pardon me, if you are a teacher, please do not pass on your atrocious grammar to your students.  Their future will be worse.

      • JasperSycip

        Sorry, I didn’t double check before leaving my comment. If you’re smart enough sir, you should’ve noticed that I missed one word on that sentence. BTW, Filipino teacher ako, sir :)   

      • mad_as_Hamlet

        No probs. Nothing personal.  I’m a Filipino teacher, too.  High School.  Just got worked up a bit by this “news”article.

  • Hagler

    Wala na bang ibang politiko sa pinas?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/QZIK2QIYH3HZVTED2EBFJCQ2WI Jessica

      Marami. Pero kaunti lang yung may experience in actual public service. Meron naman sa mga nandito na pwede nating pagbigyan. Hindi dahil galing sila sa family of politicians, pulitika kaagad. Mayroong mga iba na solido yung trabaho, consistent, at matapang sa paghabol ng malinis na pagbabago. Wag sana tayo mabulag at sumakay sa uso na “political dynasty atuomatic masama”, hindi totoo yan. :) tingnan lang natin ang kahaba-haba na listahan ng nagawang mabuti ni Sonny Angara at yung pagiging makulit niya na ayaw niya masyadong ma dikit sa tatay niya, sariling pangalan at sikap ang gusto niya. Kaya iboboto ko siya.

      • Hagler

        huh?

  • tagasugod

    A fine example of bad dynasty is the Estrada dynasty. I will not vote for any of them. And so the with the Binays.

  • kismaytami

    Corruption and greed is the only lesson and value being taught inside political dynasties.

  • buboy88

    Political families… realized at some point why some members are good and some just rely on the name. Just look, Pimentel and Escudero belong to dynasties.

    Looking through the candidates, Ejercito and this guy Angara have real qualifications and accomplishments to be “legitimate” legislators.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/LN4B3N7F4SMO6QP6Y3LZU5SJJI Antonio

      I agree with you sir. Initially I wasn’t sold on Sonny Angara but after reading up on what this guy has actually done (Senior Citizens, Anti-bullying, A MILLION OTHER THINGS for education and development) I was sold. JV as well, very easy for them to just ride their father’s coattails but both men insist on the results that they’ve produced.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/QZIK2QIYH3HZVTED2EBFJCQ2WI Jessica

        basta mabuti ang kanilang ginagawa at consistent. Taga-Aurora ho yung asawa ko at dun si Sonny Angara congressman for 9 years. Tuloy tuloy daw po ang serbisyo niya sa mga taga dun. Boto ako sa kanya. Mayroong pumunta sa lugar namin at nagbigay ng libreng impormasyon tungkol sa mga candidates, si Sonny Angara talaga yung may pinakamadaming nagawa at patuloy tuloy, yang kamong consistent…aprub!

      • Hagler

        you re so naive! typical pinoy voter, the reason we have truckload of traditional politicians!

  • JiggyT

    Taga-UP parents ko. Pagbanggit niyan pangalan sa pulitika gaya ni Ed
    Angara, sobra galing niyan, “abogado yan ng mga abogado” ika nga daw eh
    founder ng ACCRALAW (Angara-Cruz-Regala-Abella Law), institusyon na yan bago pa daw ako pinanganak. :)

    • vanibee

      Narinig ko na somewhere yung ACCRALAW and pinagmamalaki natin yang lawfirm na yan dito sa pinas. :)

    • Floridahhh

      Marami na din akong narinig na positive things diyan sa ACCRALAW.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/AY4HIUV25JF4FK3OOC4R7JTEJE Casey

      “The Firm that can cover everything” – yan nga tawag sa kanila e. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZH7MMT3OL2XG5SCT7FC4BTSLGE Katrine

    hmmm. Actually, bilib din ako sa tapang ni Sonny Angara nung sinabi niyang suruin mabuti yung mga kasali sa dynasties at tignan mabuti kung madami ba silang nagawa talaga. At dahil dyan, iboboto ko siya.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LN4B3N7F4SMO6QP6Y3LZU5SJJI Antonio

    I love the fact that this younger Angara is going against the traditional politician’s ways and relying on the merit of his work. That’s very brave. It would be very easy for him to do a Chiz and celebrity and showbiz his way in or use his last name like *cough* other candidates. The fact that he’s focused on work is admirable. That speaks of two things- he’s already done a LOT of good and two, he’s ready to do more good.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/QZIK2QIYH3HZVTED2EBFJCQ2WI Jessica

      Bilib talaga ako ke Sonny Angara sir…tapang niya. Lagi niyang hinihiwalay sarili niya sa tatay niya. Kung saan yung iba gagamitin at gagamitin ang pangalan, siya parang gusto niya na base sa mga nagawa na niya, ginagawa, at gagawin pa. Galing. matapang. Boto ako sa kanya.

  • Floridahhh

    Mukha ngang cool type itong si Sonny Angara e. I saw him when he filed for COC and proven nga yun. :) How I wish madaming officials yung ganun. Usually kasi mga nagwowork sa gobyerno, grumoy e. hahaha

  • Benito Juarez

    Whom the gods wish to humble, to the eternal anguish of the
    people, by way of their family backgrounds are elevated into the nation’s list
    of political oligarchs.How many hungry stomachs these politicians deprived to fatten their bellies? While some politicians are punished for being honest and loyal, the crooked are rewarded for their crooked efforts. Who’s burdened the most? The people. APECO is a good example. Remember a group of farmers who walked all the way from Dingalan to Manila to air their grievances. These people were made like dogs as they begged for help to save their lands – lands that were engulfed by APECO.  Those are God’s honest lands that even the honest tillers’ honest ancestors never owned only to be grabbed by the dishonest Angaras through their dishonest methods.  Apeco is created for good reasons with bad intentions. The Angaras are no different from the Enriles, Binays, Estradas, Escuderos, etc. etc.  Mr. dela Cruz, please cut the political ropes that tie sons and daughters – Angaras, Enriles, Binays, Estradas, etc. – with their parents.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/LDFCZDMT47EJRAXK4MDK5LPAEI Marjorie

      Ang prob poh dun e yung mga so called marchers ay hindi po taga doon sa Aurora. And yung mga legit na nakatira dun ay masaya naman daw sa pamamalakad ng Apeco. 

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/27LXCIQIV7C4C42BEM24NOTFRE Jennifer

        Yup! Kung sino pa ang hindi taga Aurora sila pa ang may ganang magprotesta. Para ano? para maangkin ang hindi naman talaga sa kanila.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IGLQQ2TTZF3BAWUHUWLFWVPZDE Vladymir

        tanong mo sinagot mo rin?

      • Benito Juarez

         I believed the reports that were revealed in daylight by Sen Osmena, than the reports that were revealed in moonlight by the lackeys of Angara.

  • betongpinoy

    This time, kudos to inquirer covering both sides of the coin. Go go go Angara 2013!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYYFBINDMTZHM6TDHPB667452M agustin

    LP and UNA are compose of dynasties,trapos and artista’s. for so long years they have not contributed even a little bit of progress to our country.these people once elected, their mind is focus to grab the people’s money. they do not want to change our constitution,they know that our charter had some flaws,never mind, they said.the constitution suits their seek for fortunes.

    • betongpinoy

      Therefore… consider Ted Casino.

  • PabloEsscobar

    Sonny Angara has my vote bec. of the Anti Bullying law. My son was bullied before and I’m just glad that someone from our country fought for this and I wanna thank him for making such a great law.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/27LXCIQIV7C4C42BEM24NOTFRE Jennifer

      Saw his campaign shirt for the anti-bullying and it goes like this “I FIGHT so our kids DON’T have to” i really like his attitude. You have my vote sir!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZFXWPBWZH2HT2R4HUZJOI5BXCY Greg

        ME TOO! I actually have one o those shirts! :) It’s very awesome.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZFXWPBWZH2HT2R4HUZJOI5BXCY Greg

        I heard he authored the Anti-Bullying bill or law (help anyone?) and he firmly believes in it. I see why. My friend was bullied all throughout grade school and high school that he cut classes to avoid it, he flunked out and the rest was history. It actually is directly related to education. I love how Sonny Angara is covering all bases.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QZIK2QIYH3HZVTED2EBFJCQ2WI Jessica

    Ako din po. 2 kong anak parehong na-bully. Nakita ko yung advocacy niya sobrang okay. Sinundan ko yung mga link at napunta ako sa FB page ng antibullying philippines…sinulatan ko sila, tapos yun. Natulungan po nila ako. Maayos tong si Sonny Angara…mas punto yung mga ginagawa niya.

    • AngelSantos

      Matino yang si Sonny Angara at sa murang edad madami na siya na accomplish at mas marami pa siyang nagawa kompara sa mga nakaupo na ng matagal sa pwesto. :) 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/G2HXWQBDPXAAWKKR772QK4UBRI Rose

      Oh so, that’s him pala. interesting…

  • Janinskie

    Kasama sa top ng list ko for this coming elections sina Bam Aquino at Sonny Angara. I believe kasi na we need young people too para sa senate. Young people are naturally aggressive kasi, esp. when it comes to things they are passionate about.

  • ohpuleeze

    I wonder how much the going rate is for such a blatant, one sided pro-politico article such as this? 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AY4HIUV25JF4FK3OOC4R7JTEJE Casey

    “Angara rejects the idea that “all [political] dynasties are bad.” 
    > Soooo True! Kung sino man nagsabi na all dynasties are bad must be retarded.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZFXWPBWZH2HT2R4HUZJOI5BXCY Greg

      I would not use the word “retarded”. Just “uninformed” would be better. There this trending thing going on around the net right? “NO TO POLITICAL DYNASTIES”. I think it’s hilarious. “dynasties”? We could actually benefit from them. Experience in public service combined with an infallible good character, which I believe Sonny Angara has both of, is exactly what this country needs from a Senator. Not hot girlfriends or long-winded speeches. Coming from a political family is a PLUS folks, no surprises just better expectations.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2MHCORD55FND6VRQGBFFDG5M6Q Shantel

    Rep. Sonny Angara topped the list of “prolific and hardworking members of the House of Representatives” for filing the most number of bills of national importance that were enacted into law in the 14th Congress. Great respect for him. We need this kind of leadership.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZFXWPBWZH2HT2R4HUZJOI5BXCY Greg

      Yes, we do. As mentioned in my previous comment, I met the guy. He’s someone who wants to let the work, the results, the output speak for him. Sure he’ll do a little explaining here or there but ultimately in the end, for him, it’s all about what he can do MORE for this country. Sonny Angara’s track record and work output shows it. It’s proven, now how many Senatoriables can say that? celebrity girlfriend anyone?

  • ohpuleeze

    I’m reading the comments. The Angara staff is busy on a Sunday. Tax Payers’ money hard at work folks.

  • m1ghtym0use

    TALAGA LANG HA? DI KAYA AKO MAGSISI KUNG IBOTO KITA?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZFXWPBWZH2HT2R4HUZJOI5BXCY Greg

    I met the guy, working for his dad way back. I can honestly say that Sonny Angara is (I wouldn’t say improved…with respect to the old man) an updated version of his father. The legal know-how is there, the charisma, there too. But the biggest difference I can see is his commitment and consistency. He’s not a traditional politician in every sense of the word. I heard he does interviews, a lot of them, on the fly with no prep from his team at all. That speaks of a man who KNOWS what he’s doing, what his message is, and what his goal for the greater good is. Walang takot. Derecho lang lagi. I like it. You’ve got my vote sir.

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      its scripted of course.  

  • Guest

    Just an insight… halos lahat naman pulitiko sa Aurora Quezon, mula sa pamilya ng pulitiko rin. But in fairness, nitong 2003 lang naging Angara ang governor buhat sa pagiging Liutenant Gov ang tatay nina Sen. Angara, mga 40 years ago  (1-2 terms yata yun). Ang posisyon ng mayor sa Baler, ganoon din, bago nitong Mayor, 1980’s pa yata ang huling Angara na naging Mayor.

    Palagay ko naman, tama ang banggit ng minamahal naming Congressman Sonny Angara, na ayon sa merit ang pagkakahalal nila sa Aurora. We support you Cong.

    • Guest

      Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying its right to vote by clan o dynasty. What I’m saying is, alot also vote on merit and what they need like how Aurora voted Sonny Angara.

      Like sa Aurora,
      nang malaman tatakbo ang kauuwi lang ang anak ni Senador na si Sonny Angara, alam namin
      kakagaling niya sa pag-aral sa States, kaya’t landslide siya sa amin at di nabigo expectations namin. I’m sure he can do more sa Senate.

  • repapips

    i’ve been to aurora before young angara became their representative. after his first term, i had the chance to get back to the province. aurora looked way better.

    i just hope he does better than his old man.

    hope you make it!

    • mad_as_Hamlet

      Any fool and liar can say that.  Especially if he gets paid for it.  Sycophantic!

      • repapips

        well, mamatay na ang sinungaling.

      • repapips

        at mamatay na ang bayaran. pati ang mga troll. 

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      What improvement?  The improvement are billions of pesos from the Filipinos people money but nothing in return.  How much the government invested in Quezon and how much it got back in return?  

      Filipinos are ignorant of how their money are being spent by congressmen and senators.  

      • repapips

         it’s not quezon. please know your information. troll.

      • repapips

        yan ang mga hirit ng mga militanteng wala namang binibigay na solusyon pero puro reklamo.

        hindi po sila sa quezon, kung ang tinutukoy mo ay quezon, nawawala ka na.

        marami nang kalsada ang naisemento para sa mas mabilisang transportasyon.

        troll hater.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QKHIE3TMZOV3NENGG4C2RZ73QE Carlo

    Sana iba ka talaga sa tatay mo. Yun lang.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6DKQHQJVN6A6AMKBY6426FTHYQ Vanessa

    Kung ako sa inyo, tignan nalang natin kung maganda track records nun individual candidates this coming elections. Hayaan niyo na yung apelyido nila. Wag tayo bumoto sa mga walang achievements. . .

  • PHtaxpayer

    Sonny is a nice guy but I am not really impressed on what he has done.  It doesn’t have to be anything “sexy” but it has to be bold and effective.  I mean, getting rid of CJ Corona was bold but that was P-Noy’s campaign promise.  Angara doesn;t really stand out at taking the initiative in stamping out corruption and uplifting the lives of Filipinos and our image abroad.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4C2SFYIH52Y2KR7QPZPHJO2XQQ sl1

    It is time to change and dismantle political dynasty in our country. Good or bad political dynasty must be dismantled to give a change to other people deserving for public service. We must always remember that power corrupt no matter how good the intention was… so for the good of the country don’t vote candidates or political families that practices political dynasty . Our politicians will always says that there is no enabling law to implement it although they know and clearly stated in our constitution that political dynasty is prohibited. In honesty,most of  our politicians are making our gov’t there milking cows to enrich them shelves with exception to those very very few  that are really good and honest public servant. VOTE WISELY and reject political dynasty.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/G2HXWQBDPXAAWKKR772QK4UBRI Rose

      but are we that sure na gaganda takbo ng Pilipinas pag walang dynasty? hmmm…I dont think so e..

  • tipay

    chickboy kaya rin pareho ng tatay niya??? lol

  • JenicaLee

    I can imagine how hard it is for the candidates na kabilang sa dynasties. Now pa nagiging issue ito. Well, times two dapat ang effort nila ngayon kung gusto nilang manalo

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZMYIL5FXLVIHRZXBQGONZS6U4 Jhune

    In all five family political dynasties mention, the worst of them are the Singson’s. The father is a well known boxing bettors, self confess gambling lord with a well known son drug defendant. Wake up Ilocos Sur’s voters open your eye, our beloved province is lagging….     

  • rjimenez1226

    there is nothing benign about political dysnasties in the Philippines. They are a huge source of inequality and violence. Don’t vote for political dynasts. This guy has done very little for  his  province how much more for the country.

  • betongpinoy

    Not really a fan of that Corona trial but it was effective on improving
    PHL’s corruption perception. Less perceived corrupt = lesser hesitation
    to pay right tax = lesser hesitation to invest in PHL.

  • Erarara

    ibotok isuna gamin nalaing ken adu ti naaramid nan ditoy lugar mi.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZML5N2RBL5P6XZ7PR5BM4Q7YUE fair play

    kug sino man ang presidenta, andoon ang mga angara, ibig sabihin coated sila ng teflon!

  • Al Calde

    Mission: to continue the family business called politics!

  • MG

    Sana wag naman like father like son. Father is morally corrupt and dishonest many times over. Angara is for Angara and the tira for the “people”. No to political dynasty.

  • lostRunes

    Watch youtube.comSLASHwatch?v=WTKUroW-59I or”APECO (Api-ako!) PART 2″ and see how Sonny Angara ADMITTED that not much consultation was done. People were forcibly removed and given a small amount to justify their evacuation. A priest was threatened with a hail of bullets, indigenous people there are begging for their own land to be returned to them, and yet the Inqrer is trumpeting the good qualities of the Angaras.

    People of the philippines, I submit to you, a shining example of the HYPOCRISY of the tuwid na daan. As spokesperson of the persecution team ng Corona trial, he claims that Corona is a corrupt official for misdeclaring his SALN, yet the Angara clan uses their power to FORCEFULLY remove farmers and fisherfolk from “Apeco” lands courtesy of a law passed by Angara in the Senate, another Angara in congress and another Angara as governor. Sila rin yung nasa BOARD ng APECO. They were able to use taxpayers money to build an airstrip in the middle of nowhere.

    Dapat ang kaso sa inyo PLUNDER. Pero alam namin di kayo kakasuhan kasi KKK ni Noynoy kayo.

    Bloody hypocrites.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    When he becomes a senator, he should also learn from his father how to keep a colleague as a lover.

  • Boy Tolentino

    i envy Angara jr, career on the rise, gwapo, beautiful family and all, not to mention a good headstart coming from harvard, successful fight for education budget. we need inspiring people like him in leading this country of ours.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      Just because he’s from Harvard does not make him a good politician.

  • Boy Tolentino

    whether or not hes an angara, country needs his caliber capability to lead and legislate as shown thru his accomplishments both as private citizen, public service, and work in education reform.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZKME5EXCJMYKLDSCJNQ2SVKHV4 John

    the best thing this boy learned from his old man is to STEAL PEOPLE’S MONEY

    • RamonTuliao

      There is no proof of that, but there is proof of all the bills, policies and even laws, that he’s authored and sponsored. 

    • RamonTuliao

      Not to mention an impeccable educational background. That says a lot about his work ethic.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZKME5EXCJMYKLDSCJNQ2SVKHV4 John

    ang santol hindi mamumunga ng mangga. ang magnanakaw na magulang. papalakihin ang anak sa nakaw, magiging magnanakaw din ang anak. yan ang nangayri dyan. patunayan nyong di sila kpwa CORUPT

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    tangna mga ito ang kakapal ng mukha mangangako na naman samantalang yung lolo at tatay niya pareho lang ng pangako pero puro napako! style niyo BULOK!

  • Beguine

    Just say NO to political dynasty, a flat, solid, uncompromising NO!

    This Angara son can’t be much different from the father, obviously.

    Trained not to serve the people, but to line their own family’s pockets.
    Enough said.

  • antlagdamn

    Whatever It is you guys know about his father, I don’t think it’s relevant at all to Sonny. Sonny has amazing advocacies, he’s young, fresh and I think that’s a lot better compared to other senatoriable who have been in the government for a while has yet to have done anything significant, unlike Sonny who has done so much already in his relatively short span of time in the office.

  • tanyaaaa

    Di ko talaga nakikita kung ano ang nagawa niya ng mali? Kung Apeco lang ang sasabihin niyo, para sakin nga okay yun eh. So, cut the man some slack, he deserves a chance with how much work and effort he’s done for our country…

  • JiggyT

    Just goes to show its political season :)  One wonders, how anti-Aurora development can get so much attention at this time and at this forum.

  • zeroko

    By Christian V. Esguerra Please lang shut up! Don’t be a ghost writer. Buking ka na. Let the young Angara speaks for himself. Huag na tayong makialam pa. Remember, a thousand  good deeds does not erase a crime. Political dynasty talaga ang issue dito. Tapos, tatalakayin ko ang illegal logging kung saan my witness is directly involve on the smuggling and illegal logging, and therefore he is a credible witness.

    First, political dynasty. I admire young Angara on his role in the CJ Corona’s impeachment. But that does not excuse the violation as mentioned by Civil Service Commission on  political dynasty. Bawal yan kahit na anong interpretas;yon mo! No excuse. Bakit, ,kayo lang ba ang may talino sa balat ng lupa? 

    Besides, I am now going to the second topic, illogal logging and smuggling of logs. I have a seaman friend who said that logs cut in your province are loaded on board sea vessels. And then, the law officers (wearing civilian cloths,) who accompanies the loading of the logs are also the same people who act as look around when the vessel arrives in pier 2. The seaman said that the illegal logs are unloaded at 2 in the morning when there are no more Coast Guard patrolling around.

    Now, what benevolent dynasty are you talking about?. Is cutting of illegal logs to the detriment of the indigenous people in Angara’s country benevolent?. Remember, no law should supersede the rights of the indigenous people on their ancestral land.

    To me, dapat burahin lahat ang Trapo at anak ng trapo sa gobyerno at simulan natin sapamamagitan ng pag halal ng independent candidates.  Let us disband the clutches of Trapos in our government. Kakaunti lang po sila. Besides, almost 98% of these trapos are Filipino-Chinese like Angara. 

    Sa Indonesia and Malaysia, the prohibit other race from participating in election and in their government. Tignan mo sila ngayon. Kung sila ay 1st year college, ang Pinas ay Kinder pa lang. Dapat, ang sigaw natin ay Philippines for the brown Filipinos. He he heh e. Joke lang.

  • KelvinViray

    I can see where you all are coming from with political dynasties, I’m pretty sure we can all agree, that political dynasties haven’t done so well for our country, but I honestly think. In my opinion ah, that Sonny Angara may be an exception, because he has already done so well for his province. Ang laki ng ginanda ng Aurora mula ng siya na ang humawak dito.

  • RyanIlagan

    Para sakin po wala akong paki kung angara man din siya o hindi, unfair di naman sabihin na masama siyang tao dahil lang sa last name niya, kaya wala akong paki dun, para sakin ang importante credentials, track record and work done, at para sakin pasado siya sa tatlong yun.

  • JasperSycip

    ang labo, ba’t ang daming haters dito…di naman siya deserving of hate, kung marami naman na siyang nagawang maganda. mas marami pang ibang mga tumatakbong senador at senador ngayon na mas olats.

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      remember political dynasty and the article makes him good.  don’t be a stupid donkey, look at the big picture why he wants to run for senate?  why not private job?

  • DanielMarquez

    hahahaha grabe naman, ba’t parang ang daming mang mang dito na basta lang Angara last name niya galit na agad. Tao naman ang bumoto sakanya para maging congressman, maganda naman ang nagawa niya sa aurora, bakit naman bawal siya maging senador? hahaha

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      Ganoon din mga Estrada at Ejercito.  Bakit?

  • PaulynTayag

    kanya kanyang opinion lang yan, basta para sakin okay siya.. hehe.

  • KateDulce

    If he’s corrupt, why would he author a bill such as the FOI bill that was designed to expose corruption?

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      He knows it will not passed congress and senate

      • KateDulce

        How do you know that? I’m asking a question based on a fact, please argue with a factual basis as well. thanks.

  • BoredRomeo

    hay naku, mga pilipino nga naman masiyadong mahilig maniwala sa mga naririnig sa mga tropa nila, halatang marami ditong nakwentuhan lang na masama si sonny kaya ang mga pinagsasabi puro mga walang basis… haaiiizz

  • tommyhilfinger

    I personally don’t see the logic of judging a person by his last name. That in itself is a fallacy of hasty generalization. Why don’t you judge him by what he has accomplished and achieved? I suggest you guys do your research first,,

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      What did the senior Angara did?

      • tommyhilfinger

        Generated a lot of money to train math and science teachers, built classrooms, political party development act which makes campaigns from now on more fair. i can go on and on since he has done a lot as well, but I don’t see the point since my subject is his son and not him,,

  • Lucky Strike

    Congressman mula sa amin, #1 sa balota ko.

  • PabloEsscobar

    Haters gon’ hate!

    I agree with this guy below me with a funny name. haha

    read up before y’all discriminate!

    • PabloEsscobar

      the guy being tommyhilfinger. haha

  • AngelSantos

    I don’t thnk po na c Sonny desrvs lahat ng mean judgemnts d2… 

  • Castronaut

    You sir have a gift, I believe in your belief in education; your platform. You are most certainly qualified to be a senator. I hope you win!

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      How long he’s been in politics and his father?  How’s the education in the Philippines since they were elected?

      Philippine education sucks.  

      • Castronaut

        I don’t know much about his father, but I do know a lot about him, and it’s true, Education in the Philippines is not good yet, you are living proof since your grammar’s so off, but, Sonny Angara is the Aurora Rep and his responsibility is Aurora, so he doesn’t have a shot to make a difference with education just yet, but I’m hopeful that once he’s elected senator, he’ll make a big difference. but that’s just me. Leave my opinion alone troll.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Down with Political Dynasties.  Angara is a Political Dynasty.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Tell us too what the Senior Angara accomplished.  What did the senior said when he was campaigning?

  • SelenaKatayama

    You will make a sensational senator. you have my vote! :D

  • vanibee

    Sa wakas! Nagkaron din ng kandidatong maiboboto ng buong puso, yung hindi dahil “lesser evil” lang. 

  • DoReMiFaSoliman

    I’m glad that you’re for education, I just hope you follow up well. Education in the Philippines is really bad right now, but I think there’s hope especially if you become part of the senate.

  • ano ikaw

    Ang kapal naman ni baklitang silahis na ito!

  • DanielMarquez

    Your hardwork and dedication will lead you to victory.. I’m voting for you sir!

  • RBarocca

    Galing! bilib talaga ako sa Sonny! :)

  • RicoSwavey

    “By all means, scrutinize the candidates. Don’t give us a free ride, including myself. Make things difficult for us,” he said, confident that his legislative work in the past nine years could stand scrutiny. At the very least, he thinks it has earned him the opportunity to run and succeed his father.
    Exactly, He has done so much in his career, and he’s still young, and I’d really rather vote for the younger candidates rather than old ones who don’t deserve the seat anymore. Tama na kayo, sila namang mga mas bata.

  • limcarlolim

    Ibang klase talaga ‘to si Cong Angara, mahusay talaga siya, dapat talaga masama siya sa senado.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GU54HBR2OX4U3T4OLSSMI6LTSI Claudine

    Im voting for this guy. I like the fact that he focuses on our country’s education system.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HIYXNAX6266RQVKW6BEJC4T4CM Ina

    You have my vote, Sonny Angara!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WWB3N4BG6FEB6FXASHE3A26K6U Jonas

    I’ll give this guy a chance since he is against bullying. Bullying for me is a big no-no & this is why I will support anyone who fights against it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YQMUJDUNIFBXRJMS4CTKFRH7F4 Erick

    Sa aurora ang province ko at ako na magsasabi na gumanda na dun samin mula nung sila Angara ang humawak dun.



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