Maria Ana Consuelo Abad Santos Madrigal
Jamby Madrigal first served as a senator from 2004 to 2010. She ran for president in 2010 but lost to then Senator Benigno Aquino III. This year, the 54-year-old Madrigal is again seeking a seat in the Senate under the Liberal Party.
She was born on April 26, 1958. She comes from an old-rich clan of public servants. She is the granddaughter of hero and martyr Supreme Court Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos. Her paternal grandfather, Vicente Madrigal, and aunt, Pacita Madrigal-Gonzales, were also both former senators.
Madrigal studied basic and secondary education from the Assumption College in San Lorenzo Village, Makati City. She finished high school in Sacred Heart School in Menlo Park, USA.
She obtained degrees in Economics and French from Sta. Clara University in California, USA.
She then pursued higher education in International and Development Economics in Yale and a masters from Sorbonne French Niveau Superieur. She took up a special course on Trade and Shipping from the Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.
In 1999, she was appointed as head of the newly-created Office of the Presidential Adviser for Children’s Affairs. In 2001, she became undersecretary for the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
In 2003, she became spokesperson for the youth-based Kontra Pulitika Movement, which champions education, protection of the environment and economic empowerment through livelihood programs.
Madrigal was the founder and chairperson of The Abad Santos Madrigal Foundation, Inc., chairperson of the ABLE Foundation, Inc. (Scholarship for the deserving poor) and founder of the Books-for-the-Barangay Foundation, Inc.
As senator, Madrigal filed a total of 43 bills, of which 7 were signed into law.
One of her landmark legislative achievements was when she authored the Magna Carta for Women bill, which was passed into law after nine years.
Before joining the presidential race in 2010 as an independent candidate, she was an ardent critic of fellow senator and presidential aspirant Manuel Villar, Jr. She played a key role in the 2009 Senate ethics investigation on the C-5 road extension project that supposedly benefitted real estate projects of Villar’s firms.
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