Manuel “Manny” Villar Jr. was born in Moriones, Tondo on December 13, 1949 to Manuel Montalban Villar, Sr. of Cabatuan, Iloilo and Curita Bamba of Orani, Bataan.
As of May 31, 2012, Senator Villar has filed 455 bills and 224 resolutions for a total of 697, second in rank among senators with most number of legislation filed in the 15thCongress. He supports and advocates legislation aimed at social justice, empowerment of OFWs, delivery of basic services, poverty alleviation, agricultural competitiveness, entrepreneurial development and environmental protection.
With the public starting to flock the market for the Christmas season shopping, Sen. Manny Villar said there should be an intensified effort to stop the influx of unsafe and toxic toys in the market.
"Authorities must have a heightened effort to make sure only safe toys are available in the market. As government officials, we are duty-bound to safeguard public health. But more than that, it is our absolute and implicit duty as parents to ensure that our children get the best care and protection against possible health risks," Villar remarked during the hearing of the Senate Committee on Trade and Commerce.