Former Senator Maria Anna Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal was born into a very illustrious family.
She is the granddaughter of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos and Senator Vicente Lopez Madrigal and the niece of Senator Pacita Madrigal.
Before her life in public service, Madrigal set up numerous foundations including Books-for-the-Barangay Foundation that shipped more than P2.5 billion worth of books to public schools nationwide.
She also founded the Abad Santos Madrigal Foundation, which empowers women and children through relevant and accessible livelihood programs.
Madrigal entered politics when former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada appointed her as the Presidential Adviser for Children’s Affairs to give poor children an access to his councils in 1999.
Following Estrada’s ouster in 2001, Madrigal worked for numerous youth-oriented foundations until she became undersecretary in the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
She eventually dabbled in acting portraying characters in films depicting the lives of her ancestors until 2003 before winning in the 2004 senatorial race due to an endorsement from actress Judy Ann Santos.
She filed court pleadings to contest the validity of the last will and testament of her late aunt Chito Madrigal-Collantes.
During her first term as senator, Madrigal chaired the Senate Committees on Environment; on Youth, Women, and Family Relations among others.
In 2007, the former senator pushed for a higher sin tax law and passed legislations on Magna Carta for Women Act and Tubbataha Reefs National Park Act.
A year after joining Vice President Jejomar Binay’s Partido Demokratikong Pilipino – Laban ng Bayan, Madrigal accused Senator Manuel “Manny” Villar of exerting his influence as senate president on the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Both senators ran and lost to then Senator and now President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
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