Senator-elect Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara has been studying Foreign Affairs on his own in his free time since he was proclaimed as senator last month.
In an interview, the son of outgoing Senator Edgardo Angara said he needs to be well-versed when it comes to international laws.
“The Senate puts more emphasis on foreign affairs because we don’t have the treaty-making power of the Senate in the (Lower House),” Angara said.
“So we have to brush up on those things,” he added.
The outgoing Aurora lawmaker admits he is studying after feeling pressured about reporting to work alongside veteran legislators and statesmen
Angara, who studied in Harvard University and London School of Economics, also said he does not want to fail in filling up the big shoes his father left in the Senate.
"I don’t want to sound biased but I think he's the pre-eminent statesman of his era," he said.
The 41-year lawmaker said this is on top of the pressure that is coming from the expectation on this year’s new senators, whose average age ranges from 45 to 46 years old.
Angara, who was the chair of House Committee on Higher Education, said he would like to lead the committees on education, agriculture, health, or environment in the Senate.
He said he informed Senator Franklin Drilon, who is expected to be the next Senate president in the 16th Congress, about his committee preferences.