Escudero: Palace plans, no; dreams, oh yes

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Once considered for the presidency by his former party in the 2010 elections, reelectionist Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero on Wednesday said he had no plans to run for either the presidency or the vice presidency in 2016.

But those who intend to write off Escudero as a potential presidential aspirant may have to think twice because the top-ranked candidate on the administration’s senatorial ticket admitted dreaming of running for higher office.

“I don’t have plans. I do have dreams,” Escudero said when asked about his plans for 2016 when the race for Malacañang would almost certainly be contested by his friends Vice President Jejomar Binay, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada.

“The difference between a plan and a dream is that you have to pay for plans while one is free to dream,” Escudero added, indicating the costs that go with the campaign plans that start years before the actual presidential campaign could be discouraging.

Term goes beyond 2016

Escudero, who recently regained his hold on second place in the preelection polls after slipping into a tie for the third and fourth spots, said he couldn’t afford to look beyond 2013 because he was currently campaigning for a second consecutive term that would last beyond 2016.

“Unlike Vice President Binay, unlike Secretary Roxas, unlike Senator Estrada, unlike Sen. (Ramon) Revilla (Jr.), [who] are not facing an election in 2013. That’s why they have more leeway to think, plan and prepare if ever they have plans for 2016,” he added.

Despite the controversy over the apparent dislike for him by the parents of his girlfriend, actress Heart Evangelista, Escudero continues to be mentioned by political observers as a possible contender for either the presidency or vice presidency in 2016.

Breakaway from NPC

The Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) had groomed Escudero to be its presidential standard-bearer in 2010, in a race for Malacañang that was dominated by opposition leaders.

But he resigned from the NPC and instead played a kingmaker of sorts, endorsing then Sen. Benigno Aquino III and then Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay for the presidency and vice presidency, respectively. Aquino and Binay won their respective races.

“I am focused on [this year’s] elections. As the saying goes, don’t look too far ahead, you might stumble on a rock or bump right in front of you and all the more fall short of reaching your destination,” Escudero said.

The consistent No. 1 placer in the senatorial polls, reelectionist Sen. Loren Legarda, has announced that she would not seek higher office after her second consecutive term in the Senate ends in 2019.

Dropped by UNA

Both Escudero and Legarda belong to the opposition group called United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), which is led by Binay, former President Joseph Estrada and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.

UNA is the same group that promoted the presidential candidacy of movie actor Fernando Poe Jr. in 2004. Legarda was Poe’s vice presidential running mate while Escudero was the actor’s political spokesman.

The two reelectionists and Poe’s daughter Grace were common candidates of both the administration and UNA, but were dropped by the opposition alliance after they chose to exclusively campaign with the administration’s Team PNoy.

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  • quirinomayer

    King kay itim na maligno at kurakot na Binay, Bobong Revilla at jueteng boy Jinggoy lang naman, kay Chiz na ako. Pag nagkataon, siya pa ang may pinakamagandang First Lady sa buong kasaysayan ng Pilipinas. Planohim mo na, Chiz!!!

    • $20722540

      nice!!!

    • david

      agree ako sa binigay mong choices

    • mapicchu

      dont you notice Chiz cant be trusted? he always engages in double speak…with a forked tongue..yan gusto mong president?

      • TEAM PNOY

        I know an animal with a forked tongue – a SNAKE!

    • doncleo

      ano ba talaga gusto mo matinong presidente o magandang first lady? di ba si Imelda maganda din? kita mo nangyari sa Pinas?

  • gigi2312

    possible contender sa presidency!? bakit!? pano sya eligable? grabe naman kayo, wala nga sya ginagawa gusto mo pa sinabi na contender sya? WOW

  • SuyaMelk

    I do have dream ka dyan…escudero, bigay ka naman ng chance sa mga tao na gusto talaga mag iba ung bansa natin naman…

    • GatasNgCow

      he doesn’t care, he only cares about himself. If he did care, we could have had something worth saying, pero wala e….

  • GeorginaBilson

    takot ako dito. si chiz senator ulit?? sayang ulit ung pera namin nanaman……

    • Floridahhh

      at pag tanong sila kung ano nangyari sa pork barrel funs, smile lang sya tapos excuse me daw, may interview ako… hayzzz

      • doncleo

        opposition sya nung presidente si Gloria pero yung tatay nya kampi kay GMA.. yung ibang opposition hindi makakuha ng pork barrel nila pero ito si Chiz pasekreto nakukuha yung pork barrel nya at di nya maipaliwanag kung saan napunta.

  • farmerpo

    Duhhh, reminds me of Fred Flinstone’s dialogue..Wilmaaaaaaa!!!!! Nothing here.

  • boybakal

    I hope Chiz Palace Dreams will remain a dream…..not to prolong the nightmares we are now having.

  • Albert Einstien

    compared to other would be presidential timber chiz has the advantage…..he has his youth, he has a beautiful first lady, he is a lawyer…but sometimes he can be BIAS with irritating explanations & PLASTIC ….not a complete patriot in my view …..but he has the edge …

    • mapicchu

      the beautiful first lady has been bedded by other men.

      • Albert Einstien

        ok he has a first lady previously bedded by other handsome men…would that be ok…lol

      • ARIKUTIK

        Siguro si Escudero ay ka baro ni Penoy, 99.69% possible kasi nagpa picture siya na naga Kiss ng young sweet lady Heart.
        It’s a way to hide the dreaded truth with in as in AC/DC electric current…..eeeewwwwww…… doon na ako sa sigurado.

    • disqus_4MqT2rnBMb

      Am I reading you right ? what first lady ? as far as I know he is shacking up with Heart and most likely, it’s not gonna happen. The man is a con artist, a fast talker, self centered and conceited with no respect for his would be in laws and that kind of traits will be his downfall.

  • azkal futbol

    overhyped, over-exposed, oer-rated and overly-qualified senator who just belongs to the trapos. OA na, dual-speak pa… i will never vote for you, because you express good messages but never put it in actions…. galing lang ng mga pr people mo.

    • MaySenseBa

      overly-qualified senator?

      • boboposter

        diba maganda yun?

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    ‘WAG AGAD MANIWALA SA MGA POLITICO. PERSONAL INTEREST TODAY & LATER. MASDAN SI ERAP, AYAW NA AYAW NA, NGAYON KONTRANA NYA ANG DATING KAKAMPI. BS BASTA POLITICIANS.

  • david

    di ba plans start with dreams, so me balak. wag na kasi itanggi tutal dun din tuloy. wag lang maudlot

  • Paulstronghold

    I do have preconceived notion about Escudero’s performance in case he would run for either vice or presidential position. My parameter is quite simple. First, he has failed in his married life. If you cannot handle the intricacies of handling relationship with your wife – the adjustment, the patience, the in-house creativity and the effort to harmonize a typical family organization, chances are he may not be able to cope up also with the pressure of running a multi-tasking responsibility of being a President.

    I am no “tsismoso” who would venture to know the cause of his split-up with his wife, but it reflects his lack of the usual bravado of being a good husband/father maintaining a solid family. For example: John F Kennedy in his memoirs had various amorous relationships with other women, another is Bill Clinton. But the two handle their families well and remain intact.

    I can plainly say he is a weak person. He lacks dynamism, strong disposition in handling basics in life. His too much verbose in almost key issues reflects the irony of his intention to persuade the public of what he wants himself to be portrayed of as a responsible person..

    • ARIKUTIK

      Too much blah…blah…, If Escudero can not keep his house in order then how can he keep the Filipino house in order? Escudero the kicked out husband must be kicked out by Filipinos too. It’s the logical act to do in season of votes……

  • boybakal

    I hope Chiz Palace dreams will not translate to ambition or else, there will be real plan for that palace position.

  • pinoyislander

    mag artista ka na lang diba may movie ka with aga and regine

  • romeyo chill

    trying to philosophize huh? he’s very good with words.

  • whyinthisworld

    Right this man escudero is a man of talks, talks and talks. People said he is a good politician, honor student, debater, bar topnotcher etc. but he never prove anything while in congress as well as the senate. He did not fight enrile nor criticize him for his self centered administration in the senate, luckily we have cayetano and trillanes who voice out the truth about enrile. chiz is a good actor so suggest for him to enter movie industry and forget about politics.

  • mapicchu

    such a hypocrite!

  • boldyak

    escudero di not resigned from NP, inetsa pwera siya ni UNCLE….kahit malaki ang nagastos ni UNCLE sa nakaraang senatorial election kay Chiz…naunahan siya ng kanyang ambition…naging masyadong mayabang…never will I vote chiz..oppsss i have voted already…lol

  • penoy2012

    Parang kay PNoy ; Any plans for the country? Plans- No, dreams – yes.

  • anongaba

    Go Chiz Go! totoo ang himala..

  • $2931613

    LOL.. ginagaya mo ngayon si Tita Cory and Abnoy.. Bumenta na yan Chiz! Wag ka na rin mangarap kasi bistado ka nang balasubas, lasenggero and master doubletalker! Mag-artista ka nalang.. kamukha mo naman si Bamboo LOL

  • brabads

    Pag naging bise or presidente si chiz, malaki ang magiging problema sa lahat ng may ayaw sa kanya……

  • TEAM PNOY

    Not a thief. Never. Just commissioner, extortionist, etc.

  • hustlergalore

    mga palipad hangin!

    masarap sa tenga!

    iyan si chizzy escudero

    walang sariling bayag!

    ang dakilang bokador!

    buto na! (bisayan accent)

    LOL

  • Brix Villapando

    Kapal ni boy pekhpek..para lang syang over over age na high school na pasaway….

  • boybakal

    At his age and senator, he is still dreaming to be President.
    Then, he really did not grow up from being a congressman and senator.

    And why not….he is in high heaven thinking he is a young man with beautiful young woman Heart as girlfriend.

  • X44

    “I don’t have plans. I do have dreams,” Escudero said when asked about
    his plans for 2016 when the race for Malacañang would almost certainly
    be contested by his friends Vice President Jejomar Binay, Interior
    Secretary Mar Roxas and Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada.

    Ops, OMINOUS 2016

  • Radeon Blue

    dream on! magsama-sama na kayo nina pacquiao,revilla,lapid,estrada, et al in dreaming…isama na rin siguro si kris…

  • virgoyap

    For his age I think it’s too far yet to dream for a much bigger post. Maybe 10 years after.

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