Jamby Madrigal gets back on track

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    Philippine Airlines quits flying shark fins amid outcry

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  • Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing

    Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing

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    Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing

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  • Hong Kong, Philippines end emotional hostage row

    Hong Kong, Philippines end emotional hostage row

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    Hong Kong, Philippines end emotional hostage row

    Hong Kong and the Philippines announced Wednesday they had resolved an enduring and deeply emotional row over a deadly hostage crisis, allowing soured diplomatic relations to return to normal. The breakthrough came after a deal was struck on the most sensitive issues of compensation to the victims of the tragedy, which saw eight tourists from Hong Kong killed following a bus hijacking in Manila in 2010, as well as an apology. "The resolution of the incident enables the normalisation of the …

  • S&P cuts Russia's credit rating

    S&P cuts Russia's credit rating

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    S&P cuts Russia's credit rating

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Standard & Poor's credit agency on Friday cut Russia's credit rating for the first time in more than five years, raising the financial stakes flowing from the crisis in Ukraine as tensions rise and the United States and its allies are contemplating further economic sanctions. …

  • Obama visit to South Korea tinged by mourning

    Obama visit to South Korea tinged by mourning

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    Obama visit to South Korea tinged by mourning

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Barack Obama is sitting down with South Korea's President Park Geun-hye, whose attention is unavoidably split between her economic agenda with Obama and the unfolding aftermath of a tragic ferry disaster. …

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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