Escudero ‘will not lose sleep’ over text linking him to rice smuggling

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Re-electionist Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero . INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero  shrugged off  a text message being  circulated linking him to rice smuggling in the country, saying  he would  not lose sleep over it.

The text message that circulated last week claimed that Escudero was involved in multi-million peso rice smuggling in Subic.

But Escudero said he was no longer surprised by this, saying  that   black propaganda has become part  of  politics,  especially when there is an upcoming election.

“It’s not that I have no idea [who was/were behind this] but I really don’t want to care. I will not lose sleep over it,” he told Manila-based reporters after attending a sortie here over the weekend.

“Gawin nila gusto nilang gawin, buo ang tiwala ko sa botante kaugnay sa katotohanan na nalalaman nila at katotohanan na ginagawa talaga naman naming tapat na paninilbihan. At least ako nakakatulog sa gabi. Ewan ko sa kanila sa paninira nila kung nakakatulog sila sa gabi [They can do what they want to do. I have  full confidence that the voters know the truth and the truth about the services that we do for them.  At least  I can sleep at night. I don’t  know if,  after this  black propaganda, they can still sleep at night],” he said.

Asked if  he would just then let this thing pass, Escudero said it was not a question of letting it pass, but instead not wasting his time to investigate and find out  the people behind  this.

“I don’t think it will make a dent insofar as what the people think of us and my confidence and faith in the people, if they can decipher on this case which is true and what’s not,” he said.

“Again, hindi na ako mag iimbestiga. Sayang naman. Mangangampanya na lang kami. Kung sila nag aaksaya na panahon para manira ng kandidato, kami hindi. Hayaan mo na sila, at least napupuyat sila. Siguro hindi sila makatulog. [I will not investigate. It’s just a waste of time. We’ll just campaign. If they’re wasting their time destroying candidates, then we’re not. Let them be. Let them  lose sleeps  over it],” Escudero added.

The senator also distanced himself  from the issue that he had something to do with the appointment of then former National Food Authority administrator Angelito Banayo though he admits that they are friends.

Banayo  stepped down in  August 2012, supposedly to run for congressman in his home district in Agusan del Norte, but he later withdrew from the race.

“Matagal ng sinisisi sa akin yun. Pero hindi totoo yun. [I’ve been being blamed for his appointment but that’s not true]. It was the President’s decision to appoint him in that position. In fact, ni hindi namin sya nirekomenda para sa position na yun [we never recommended him for that position] and the President can vouch for that,” Escudero said.

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  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    eh sino pa? sino ba ang mahilig sa black propaganda, madalas mag-complain, mangalaska? clue? tt

    • marcos_hitler_diktador_tuta

      hindi kk?

    • Kirat

      Tayong-tayo ang buhok? :))

  • ting0508

    Escudero was correct. Banayo was appointed by Pres PNoy due to the insistent follow up of Sen Ping Lacson! So, it’s clear that Lacson is the Senator who has knowledge with the rice smuggling via his good friend Banayo.

    • Nelson Baguya II

      nku yng Lacson n yan PatAY NA PATAY KY CHIZ, GET OVER, MY HEART N SIYA

      • doncleo

        hindi po patay na patay…magkabaro sila…tingnan mo ang mga mata nila…aaaayyyeeeee!!!

    • wawa2172

      Banayo was thought to be clean but he is not otherwise. He could spill the beans on whose who in the rice smuggling but I doubt he would do it, magagalit sa kanya si presidente.

  • jga94

    Black propaganda…cried Sen. Chiz…a case of “you reap what you sow, Senator”

  • $25429552

    Lumabas din ang totoong kulay ng bading!

  • Guest

    Bakit deleted ang comment ko bakit magkano ba ang bayad sa inquirer ni Escudero? hahahahaha

    • Kirat

      Yung sakin din, deleted … siguro bantay sarado sila sa article na ito. Konti rin ng total comments.

    • doncleo

      magaling kasi yan sa “envelopmental journalism” eh

  • boyod

    makatulog si chiz kahit anong akusasyon ang ibabato sa kanya kasi lasing siya

  • DonkeyKong1

    May kalyo na yan si Chiz sa dami ba naman ng ninakaw niya e,makakatulog talaga siya.hindi na bago sa kanya yun

  • AriannaDraws

    PARATI BA NAMANG NAKAINOM SIGURADO TULOG AGAD YAN SI ESCUDERO..HAHAHA

  • BonnieBailey9

    silence means yes ganun lang yun senator

  • Carmoney

    Ang kapal ng mukha mo Chiz!!!

  • OhDelilah

    hindi dapat iboto ang senador na to puro pagnanakaw ang ginagawa…….

  • boybakal

    I agree…what is rice for if you have Heart at your bedside.
    You will not lose sleep but lose something else.

    • doncleo

      billion po ang halaga ng rice smuggling and you are sure to win many more Hearts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/erick.labandia Erick Labandia

    AYAN NA ANG NAPALA MO D KANA MANANALO SA ELECTION ESCUDERO DHIL MAY ASAWA KA PALA TAPOS NAGING SIOTA MOPA SI HEART ANO BAYAN?????SINO PA ANG MANINIWALA SAYO?????BALIMBING KARIN ????TOTOO TALAGA ANG SINABI NG MAMA AT PAPA NI HEART WALA KANG MODO AT LASINGERO KA AT WALA KANG RESPITO SA KANILA????SINO PA ANG BOBOTO SAYO?WALA NA????LAGPAK KANA SA ELECTION????

  • http://www.facebook.com/erick.labandia Erick Labandia

    ALAM MO CHIZ MALAKING RESPITO AT TIWALA KO SAYO HINAHANGAAN KITA NG HUSTO PERO NG NALAMAN KO ANG BAHO MO PARA KANALANG KOTO O MASMALIIT PA SA COTO ANG TINGIN KO SAYO?PACINYA NA????

  • doncleo

    DENY! DENY! DENY! Kung akusahan ka ng hindi totoo ay siguradong papalag ka at isisigaw mo sa buong mundo na hindi ito totoo peo kung ganito kalambot ang sagot mo: “”ok lang nakakatulog pa naman ako at,malinis ang konsyensya ko”..halatang may nangangamoy na at may patay na daga nga. hahahaha!!! Ano ba yan Chiz?

  • http://www.facebook.com/reynaldo.locsin Reynaldo S. Locsin

    Ang puno na hitik sa bunga ay binabato.

  • lapasan

    This is a serious allegation. Sen. Escudero should clear his name otherwise doubt regarding his character will linger in the minds of people. This allegation comes after the the tabloid stuff “Heart-Chiz” love affairs.

  • Guest

    Among Jamby Madrigal’s advocaciues are :P lowering of the cost of living
    especially the price of food, water, rice and basic commodities through
    anti-cartel and anti-smuggling legislations and the promotion of organic
    farming.

  • Wakats

    Maybe it’s true. His father was secretary of agriculture during martial law.

    Sleep comes easy when one is intoxicated….

  • Princess Almon

    Puro investigation ang Senado sa smuggling. Pero bkit di nila iniimbestigahan ang Cayetano siblings na protector ng smuggler ng si Golden Boy Valenzuela?

    • rowena anewor

      At bakit hindi mabibira-bira sa media ang mga Cayetanos? Kasi binabayaran nila ang mga columnist at mga radio broadcasters courtesy of Golden Boy.

  • hashmoni

    But it there was news blackout in Rene Cayetano’s involvement in BW
    scam. Binayaran kasi niya ang Abs-cbn and Gma.

  • disqusted0fu

    Apparently Escudero just doesn’t care at all. Whether or not he is involved with rice smuggling, Escudero has to care because he is a public official, and rice smuggling or smuggling in general has hit the PH hard in this administration that he is a part of.

  • $14334231

    black propaganda; demolition, etc….every politician uses it when named in a scandal….

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