Presidentiable Jamby Madrigal

After a hard time accepting Arroyo’s First Gentleman for the past nine years of her presidency are the Filipinos ready for another first with a non Filipino first gentleman in Malacanang? If senator Jamby Madrigal has her way, we should all be ready when Frenchman Eric Jean Claude Dudoignon Valade comes out of the surface this 2010 for her presidential bid.

Personal life aside, Jamby aka Maria Ana Consuelo Madrigal-Valade currently chairs four Senate Committees: Committee on Environment, Committee on Youth, Women and Family Relations, Committee on Peace, Unification and Reconciliation, and the Committee on Cultural Communities.

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 on of the political leaders who were subjected to the Manila Police water cannons while attending a religious procession.

A known protagonist of most senators and the president in the senate floors, Jamby has proved that when she talks, people actually pay attention to listen. She was also one of the major role players during the Hayden Kho and Katrina Halili controversy. She also had her share of haters in the net when she took the time of former President Aquino’s funeral by giving away free yellow bracelet with her photos as a pre-election parapehernalia.

But the bigger question than if we are ready to get ahead of the fact of his French better half, is Jamby ready for the Presidential seat?

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