PROFILE: Maria Ana Consuelo “JAMBY” Abad-Santos Madrigal

Research by Yeni C. Raboca, Halalan Volunteer

Posted at May 13 2009 04:21 PM | Updated as of Apr 29 2010 07:24 PM



Date of Birth: 26 April 1958
Place of Birth: Manila, Philippines
Metro Manila residence: Quezon City

Civil Status: Married to Eric Jean Claude Dudoignon Valade
Children: None

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 Sen. Jamby Madrigal belatedly joined the 2010 presidential race. She announced her candidacy on 31 July 2009 and filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) on December 2009 as an Independent candidate without a vice-president and a senatorial slate.

 Sen. Madrigal comes from an old-rich clan. Previous to joining the presidential race, 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 benefitted the real estate projects of Villar’s firms.

On mudslinging: “I have never attacked on personalities… so if this is mudslinging, it is mudslinging of an issue-based kind."

On winning against “powerhouse” opponents: “I’m running not out of ambition but out of principle. And my choices in the Senate have been made out of conviction rather than convenience.”

On conflicting personal/family business interests: “I will sacrifice my business interests for the country’s good. Our business income is not derived from taking advantage of the poor. So there’s no dilemma.”

Educational Attainment


  • Madrigal studied basic and secondary education from the Assumption College in San Lorenzo Village, Makati City. She eventually 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 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.

Career Timeline


1999, CONSULTANT FOR CHILDREN ISSUES: President Estrada appointed Madrigal as head of the newly-created Office of the Presidential Adviser for Children’s Affairs.

She organized the First National Summit for Children in Malacañang Palace 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.

2001, SOCIAL WORK: Under President Gloria Arroyo’s government, she became undersecretary for the Department of Social Welfare and Development

Madrigal also joined the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino political party.

2003: She became spokesperson for the youth-based Kontra Pulitika Movement (KPM) – which champions education, protection of the environment and economic empowerment through livelihood programs.

2004, LEGISLATIVE: Madrigal ran for and won a Senate seat largely due to the endorsement of popular actress Judy Ann Santos.

2007: Madrigal joined the Genuine Opposition political party, which she still belongs to up to the present.

Legislative Record

  • Madrigal filed a total of 43 bills, of which 7 were signed into law.
  • The approved bills authored by Madrigal focused on environmental, civil, social, and cultural/religious issues. These bills were:
    • Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2008
    • Mts. Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape (Mbscpl) Act of 2008
    • Military Service Board
    • Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2009
    • National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Act of 2009
    • Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2007
    • Anti-Racial and Religious Discrimination Act
    • Philippine Tax Academy
    • Child Legitimation Born to Parents Below Marrying Age
    • Magna Carta for Disabled Persons
    • Apo Reef Act of 2007
    • Mts. Banahaw- San Cristobal Protected Area Act of 2007
    • Exchange of Information on Tax Matters Act of 2009
    • Administrative Titling (Public Land)
    • Tubbataha Reefs National Park Act of 2007
    • Crime of Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance
    • Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP) Act of 2008



  • Spokesperson, Kontra Pulitika Movement
  • Founder and Chairperson, The Abad Santos Madrigal Foundation, Inc.
  • Chairperson, ABLE Foundation, Inc. (Scholarship for the deserving poor)
  • Founder, Books-for-the-Barangay Foundation, Inc.


Business Affiliations

  • A.P. Madrigal Steamship Co. Inc.
  • Sycamous Holdings Inc.
  • Uniterra Holdings Inc.


Sources: COMELEC Certificate of Candidacy,,,,,