April 5, 2013 (9:39 AM)

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Madrigal
Jamby Madrigal was born on 26 April 1958 in Manila to Antonio and Amanda Madrigal. She is the granddaughter of the former
Supreme Court Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos of San Fernando, Pampanga. Her granduncle – pre-Commonwealth Assemblyman Pedro Abad Santos was the father and founder of the Socialist Party of the Philippines. The Abad Santos brothers were rich landowners who gave up their land to live with the tenants in their fight for social justice.

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.

Career:

Philippine senator
Former Presidential Adviser for Children’s Affairs
Founder, Books-for-the-Barangay Foundation Inc.
Founder and chairperson, Abad Santos Madrigal Foundation Inc.
Chairperson, ABLE Foundation Inc. (Scholarships for the deserving poor)
Former undersecretary, Department of Social Welfare and Development

Education:

Degree in Economics and French – Sta. Clara University, California USA
International and Developmental Economics – Yale University
Trade and Shipping special course – Cambridge University UK

Platforms:

Jamby Madrigal’s platform pushed for “Philippines for the Filipinos,” where Filipinos are empowered to regain sovereignty over their environment and resources, trade, and economy from big foreign players. She also asserted the role of an “innovator for social justice and advocate of economic policies that benefit the majority.”

Jamby Madrigal aimed to advance a pro-Filipino industrialization through extensive processing of native produce while protecting the local market from inequitable foreign competition and smuggling. By ensuring fair trade, she aspired to develop favorable ties with various organizations here and abroad, and abolish monopolies and cartels.

She also pushed for the enactment of a genuine agrarian reform program that would liberate peasants from poverty, stop non-agricultural conversion of lands, and ensure just income distribution.

 



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