Legarda, 57, is a a known advocate for the passage of the reproductive health and divorce bills.
She gained national prominence when she lawyered for an 11-year-old girl raped by former Zamboanga del Norte Rep. Romeo Jalosjos in 1997.
She is the founding chair of the Child Justice League, a foundation dedicated to providing free legal assistance to abused children and children in conflict with the law.
Legarda has also opposed the revival of the death penalty in the country. She says the death penalty is not a deterrent to crimes in the Philippines.
The media-savvy Legarda was former host of ANC’s “By Demand” and ABS-CBN’s “Off the Record.” She also wrote a column, "Kat's Eye," for abs-cbnnews.com.
She also wrote for several newspapers, including Manila Times, where she became president, publisher and editor-in-chief in 1999.
She co-authored with Jullie Yap-Daza, “A Time to Love, A Time to Leave,” a book about marriage and divorce Pinoy-style.
Legarda, currently senior vice president and chief legal counsel of the GSIS, graduated college at the University of Bristol in England.
She went to Law school in UP. She passed the Bar in 1981 with a grade of 84.4%.