Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Manalang Angara, 46, praised Ateneo de Manila University for dismissing its junior high school student Joaquin Montes. The school punished the student over one incident of bullying in the school shown in a viral video.
But there are more than one video of Montes bullying his schoolmates. On December 23, 2018, Angara took to Twitter to ask Ateneo de Manila University president Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, SJ to deal with the other incidents of bullying, as well.
Angara was one of the politicians who took to social media to condemn bullying when the videos of Montes physically and verbally abusing students in Ateneo de Manila University went viral. The senator reminded the schools of their legal responsibility for the children under their custody.
In another tweet, Angara paid tribute to Ako Bicol representative Rodel Batocabe. The senator reminded his followers that the late party-list lawmaker was an author of the Republic Act 10627, which is also known as the Anti-Bullying Act of 2013.
On December 22, 2018, Batocabe was in Barangay Burgos, Daraga, Albay giving out gifts in a Christmas event held at the covered basketball court of Burgos Elementary School when he and his security escort SPO2 Orlando Diaz were shot dead, the Philippine Inquirer reported. The gunmen are yet to be identified.
After the event, Batocabe and Diaz were leaving the court when four armed men on motorcycles fired shots at them, ABS-CBN News reported. The party-list lawmaker and his security escort were rushed to a private hospital in Legazpi City but they were declared dead on arrival.
Batocabe was runner for mayor of Daraga in the 2019 elections. Angara is also seeking for reelection in the upcoming election.
Angara is the only son of the late Edgardo Angara, a former senator, and Gloria Manalang-Angara, a former Cultural Center of the Philippines chairperson. After finishing his elementary and secondary eduction at Xavier School in San Juan, Metro Manila, Sonny earned a degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics in London England.
Sonny earned his law degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law and his master’s degree in Law from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. Here is the senator talking about his late father: