Profiling the Candidates for the 2010 Presidential Elections: Jamby Madrigal

Full Name: Jamby Madrigal
Born: April 26, 1958
Parents: Antonio Madrigal  and Amanda Abad Santos-Madrigal
Religion: Roman Catholic

Current Position: Chairperson of four Senate Committees: Committee on Environment and Natural Resources; Committee on Youth, Women, and Family Relations; Committee on Cultural Communities; and the Committee on Peace, Unification, and Reconciliation.

Political Party: Genuine Opposition
Running Mate: -none-

Brief History

Madrigal is the head of several foundations that aim to heighten awareness of the plight of street children, and to raise funds for various centers that award school scholarships to the children of the poor. The Books-for-the-Barangay Foundation Inc. (BBFI) is the lead partner of U.S-based “Books for the Barrios” organization, which has shipped more than P2.5 billion worth of books for Philippine public elementary and high schools[citation needed]. The Abad Santos Madrigal Foundation (ASMF) Inc. works to empower women and children through relevant and accessible livelihood programs. Its flagship project, the Basic Reflexology Training Program (BRTP) has trained more than 10,000 reflexology therapists nationwide[citation needed]. Program graduates are accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

She married Frenchman Eric Jean Claude Dudoignon Valade on December 7, 2002 at the Calatagan, Batangas farm estate of her aunt, the late Doña Consuelo “Chito” Madrigal-Collantes (1921-2008).

In May 2008 Jamby Madrigal formally filed court pleadings to contest the validity of the last will and testament of her late aunt Chito Madrigal-Collantes.

Life in Politics

In October 1999, President Estrada created the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Children’s Affairs. He appointed her to head this office, which gives the children of the poor access to the President’s highest councils.

She organized the First National Summit for Children in Malacañang Palace on October 26, 2000 where government agencies, local government units, industry leaders and non-government organizations signed a declaration of commitment upholding Child 21 – a framework on which to anchor all action plans and strategies relating to children. This declaration was a first in Southeast Asia – a fitting prelude to the United Nations’ World Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children, which was adopted during the World Summit for Children on September 30, 1990.

She has filed bills in the areas of education, juvenile justice, gender equality, empowerment, anti-trafficking and anti-pornography. She has also authored bills on the protection of the indigenous peoples and their ancestral domain as well as the protection and conservation of the environment.

She likewise sponsored bills advancing national economic interests, such as the repeal of the Downstream Oil Industry Deregulation Act of 1998, as well as measures seeking to place LPG under price control and for the recovery of PETRON and Malampaya.

She recently filed a bill repealing RA 7942, the “Mining Act of 1995” and a bill for the imposition of a total log ban. Both bills aim to protect the last remaining natural resources from wholesale plunder.

In an opposition protest, she was one of the political leaders who were subjected to the Manila Police water cannons while attending a religious procession on October 14, 2005.

Politics

Panahon na pare sa tunay na pagbabago at hustisya.

Panahon na para tapusin ang paghahari ng mga luma.

Platform

If elected, I shall favor only the Filipino people. To improve the people’s lives, we must invest in them directly and not through intermediaries. Dapat bigyang puhunan ang bawat Pilipino.

My2cents on Jamby

Apparently, there is not a lot on the internet about her. I believe, this is by far the shortest profile I have ever made in this series.

Yes, she has been doing her job for as long as she is in the service but will that be enough to make the people say, “I will vote for Jamby.” I don’t know. I’ll always want to keep a neutral side in this series.

She ran without a vice-president and a senatorial slate with the reason “to allow like-minded candidates and people to unite under a shared and genuine progressive vision and platform of government, based on principled politics.”

I don’t get her. Given that reason, I think she beats her own purpose. How is not gathering like-minded people allowing like-minded people to unite?

As for her possible performance, this is gonna be a long shot. She will need to gather a very huge support and apparently, given the surveys, she ain’t doing well. Well, she has been called a nuisance candidate. I don’t know if she can live up to her COC.

Also, I believe that her not getting a running mate and a senatorial slate is a very wrong move.

Sources: PoliticalArena, Wikipedia, JambyMadrigal.com

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