Escudero finds his calvary after separation from wife

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(Editor’s Note: With a little less than a month before the mid-term elections in May, INQUIRER.net has decided to deviate from the usual platform interviews of senatorial and local candidates that have been aired and written about and instead get to know them up close and, perhaps a little more personal, as we hope so will you our dear readers. The series of interviews will be posted on our special election site, Vote 2013 under INQuest. Is the exercise meant to make these candidates look good? Definitely not. But we enjoin you to watch and listen and let your candidates tell their stories because, believe it or not, their stories are ours as well.)

MANILA, Philippines—Three years after his separation from his ex-wife, Christine, Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero still finds himself playing the role of a mother to their five-year-old twins.

This means cooking for his two kids, doing the grocery, and reading books to put them to sleep, although he says that since two weeks ago, it’s now his children who read books to him.

In this fourth in a series of “INQuest: Vote 2013” interviews with senatorial and local candidates, Escudero talks about  how he manages his time with his children while campaigning for his reelection in the  upcoming midterm elections.

Escudero admits that his separation from his former wife was the “lowest point” of his life.

“Doon ko na-realize at nagising na kahit na anong gawin ko, hindi ko na kayang buuin yung pamilya ko ( I realized then that no matter what I do, I  can no longer fix my family),” he says.

“I felt sad, not only for myself, but for my kids. I think that’s really the lowest point in my life.”

Escuderos’ 10-year marriage with Christine ended in 2010 but it was only officially voided by the court last year.

Before Christine, the senator reveals that he had only one other girlfriend, for nine years. Christine had been his girlfriend for five years before he eventually married her. He is now in a relationship with 28-year-old actress Heart Evangelista since August 2012.

Asked if he had been turned down by a girl before, Escudero says: “Muntik na, sa una kong girlfriend (Almost, with my first girlfriend).”

“Noong tinanong ko siya…ang narinig kong sinabi niya (When I asked her, I heard her say), let’s be friends. Biglang pinandilatan ko, tinanong ko (I was startled and asked her): ‘What?’ Biglang…I mean like, I’ll think about it.”

Escudero also talks about his friendship with President Aquino. He says they call each other whenever either of them is down.

“Minsan tatawag siya pag nalulungkot. Minsan ako tatawag pag nalulungkot ako. Wala. Kwentuhan lang (Sometimes he would call me when he is sad and I would call him when I’m sad. We just talk).”

He can’t recall, he says, having a fight with the President.

Escudero did not end the interview without talking about his father, the late Sorsogon Representative Salvador “Sonny” Escudero, who died of cancer last year.

He says his father objected to his decision to enter politics, first by running for councilor when he was still taking up law, and then for mayor after he finished his studies. His father even objected to his running for congressman in 1998 and for senator in 2007.

“When I ran, my father didn’t campaign for me. He never stood on stage to campaign for me in any of our rallies. He was surprised when I delivered my speech for an hour…in straight and pure Bicol, because he knew I grew up in Manila. He didn’t know that I already knew how to speak our dialect,” says the senator.

“I’m sure he worked in the background. He just wanted to make my victory taste sweeter by not actively campaigning and pushing for my candidacy. He never did campaign openly by delivering a speech or being interviewed by media, wala.”

One thing that his father had taught him, though, he says, was how to live simply—not arrogantly or acting “high and mighty.”

“Nothing is permanent in this world,” Escudero recalls his father as always telling them.

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  • calixto909

    Another glaring scheme concocted to alleviate and salvage the plummeting integrity of Escudero. Like a sinking ship, the life boat has to be made available to save all lives possible. Salba bida sa gumuguhong bantayog ni Escudero nonetheless I’ll vote for him

  • Michael Mallari

    Huh?? broken family ?? how can we expect you to lead the country as a senator.. if you cant even handle your family of four… then…. your relationship with your girlfriend parents??? what’s wrong.. di ba dapat..ayusin mo muna ang buhay mo… bago mo pag-isipan ayusin ang bansa ???? i just wonder, bakit po kaya di proud sa kanya ang mga magulang ni Heart.. dapat proud sila… top rating senator ang BF ng anak nila… ano ang meron kay Escudero at ayaw ng magulang ni Heart dito ??? mahirap…?? I dont think so.. isa siyang senador na minsan naisipan tumakbong presidente.. pero walang nangyari… hmmmm… bakit kaya.. nagtatanong lang po…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001449126715 Vinson Fernandes

      ayaw nila ng isang taong tawa ng tawa ng walang dahilan, na parang canned laugh. o kaya parang tukmol . :

    • ranjoranido

      bakit di proud sakanya? wala naman BF si heart na nagustuhan nila, di mo ba naobserbahan. in other words possessive sila masyado. gamitin mo nga kukote mo. yan ang sagot sa tanong mo

      • Michael Mallari

        really ??? yon nga kaya ang dahilan??? kayo po ba.. gusto po ba ninyong nag-live in ang anak ninyo sa isang lalakeng may-asawa ????? conservative ang magulang ni Heart.. at dapat lang naman.. dati i like escudero.. but now, no more po….. o sa isang lalakeng walang future na puros pogi points lang.. … natural lang sa magulang ang mag-comment… but they really never stop Heart… parang live-in na nga sila di ba ??? tama ba sa isang senador ang may live-in affair ? modelo ng kabataan.. ganyan na ba talaga kababa ang morallidad ng mga pinoy ???

      • ranjoranido

        there is a limitation kung hanggang kelan dapat nakikialam ang magulang. wag makitid ang utak. heart is already 28 years old. not because hiwalay sa asawa ang BF nya ay may masamang magyayari at not because binata eh siguradong ok ang buhay nya. walang kasiguraduhan dito sa mundo not to mention sya ang makikisama sa mapapangasawa nya hindi yung magulang. ok?!

  • Michael Mallari

    kung puede lang po akong bumoto.. kung puede lang po akong makiusap sa inyo.. sana… ang iboto natin eh yung di kaalyado ni P-Noy….para naman po, magkaroon ng check and balance…. para naman magkaroon ng tunay at wagas na demokrasya ang bansang pinas para sa sunod na tatlong taon….. an independent senate…. malaking bagay po kasi ito….

    • ranjoranido

      UNA! UNA sa kalokohan.

    • Drillon Recto

      Hija, walang independent senate simula ng magkaroon ng senado ang Pilipinas. Bata ka pa kaya wag mo muna problemahin ito. Enjoy your being a kid. Leave the worries to the adults. Your time will come to do the worrying yourself.

    • boldyak

      tama…

    • Janch

      Naive. Prejudiced. And confused. Kawawa ang Pilipinas kun yun lang ang basehan sa pagboto. Mas pipiliin mo pa ang mga magnanakaw at makasarili dahil nasa oposisyon. Hindi mo man lang hihimayin kun sino sa mga kandidato ang may kakayahan at maaasahang magsisilbi sa bayan

  • Sim_A

    The bromance between PNoy and Sen Chiz is something that should be appreciated by most of our politicians. I think they became friends when they served in Congress starting in 1998. Having been brought up on opposite sides of the political fence, their view of the world are not necessarily congruent with each other. This is can be evidenced by their votes in Congress as well as PNoy’s position today vis-a-vis Sen Escudero’s votes in the Senate. What is truly inspiring is the respect they have for each other despite their differences in opinion. I am only guessing but I think they both appreciate each other’s honesty and respect for each other’s views. Now, wouldn’t it be nice if all of most our politicians would act in a similar fashion? Well, there are other examples and I hope the media would focus more on these positive things rather than trying to start a fight between perceived political adversaries.

    • TinimbangNgunitKulang

      Para bang “Brokeback Mountain” ang dating?

      • 444mangyan888

        bugok na komento at pananw……malisyoso…!!! intregero..!!!!

      • ESCAPEfmALCATRAZ

        BADING KA NO?

      • Drillon Recto

        Kung napanood mo man, sigurado ako di mo naintindihan ang movie.

      • jgl414567

        Kulang ka nga sa pagiisip kahit di ka na timbangin!

      • Crysis_III

        Mahilig ka pala sa gayish movie. hahaha.

      • Adam_d_langgam

        ‘yan ….. ikaw kasi brader. huwag na huwag mong kilitiin ang sexual orientation ni simeon. according to tito boy, machong macho ang dalawang ‘to.

        baka hindi mo nalaman na nag date daw sila emperor simeon at si bianca manalo. dinner lang naman daw. he he he… for sure ang mga “supoters” ni tita dedepensa pa din. eeeewww … lolo na ni bianca si simeon. kayong mga “supoters” papayag ba kayong mga anak nyo maki pag date sa lolo n’ya?

  • banana na

    publicity lang naman ito dahil bumaba na ang rating ng senator nito…sa japan yan, may motto ang mga companies nila…kung di mo maayos ang family mo, papaano mo maayos ang problema ng company na ipapagawa sa iyo…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001449126715 Vinson Fernandes

    hindi ba ito yung senator na tawa ng tawa ng walang dahilan at parang tumutulo lagi ang laway?

  • kentjohn

    pabaango n naman..bumaba kasi ang rating

  • Noel

    If he doesn’t stop his arrogance and learn humility, his Calvary shall continue.

  • Elnore

    Anong relevance nitong write up na ito? Will this move the country forward? Walang kalatoy latoy na write up. Pang showbiz ito! Tanungin nyo kung anong gagawin niya sa Senado kung manalo siya hindi yung personal na buhay pinagaaksayahan ng oras!

  • superpilipinas

    Nope. Not in my list.

    Don’t know the reason for his divorce. I will not give him the benefit of the doubt. Not at the expense of 80 million people. And now there’s this issue with another woman?
    His integrity has become questionable. Solid happy family is one of the most important early indicators for a candidate’s performance.

    It’s better to consider others first. Or he can come clean and explain everything. People running for high and critical public positions need to be transparent.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000923389289 David Bobir

      Actually history is littered with people who proved to be great leaders that had difficulties in their private lives.

      • superpilipinas

        Yes. So on which side would you err on?

        I would err on the side of a person with good performance and good family.

        “A person who chooses good, works to make it better will be your best bet” – superpilipinas

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000923389289 David Bobir

        you say “solid happy family ….indicators for candidates performance” where is the evidence for this? There is none other than subjective observation. Perhaps you mean people like Imelda and Ferdinand. They were happy family. I could just as easily observe that plenty of “solid happy family..” have been some of the most rorting, corrupt aholes PH history.

  • Elnore

    Pakitanong sa mga candidates kung anong gagawin nila sa mga squatters na nagkalat sa Metro Manila which is really an eyesore! Can’t they do something about this? Nakakahiya especially pag nakikita ng mga foreigners sa TFC! Mga nakahubad na lalaki, naninigarilyo, tumatawa walang mga ngipin, sandamakmak na bata nasa calle!

    • superpilipinas

      He-he-he. You want to ask what they can do for the eyesore? and not for the poverty?

      I don’t even think they would dignify your question.

    • kevin linsao

      Squatters are a big problem for the govt. but on election day they are ‘grasya for them….

  • superpilipinas

    He-he-he….I can tell the bias of Inquirer. They want him to win.

    Inquirer wants to be a kingmaker and no longer a news reporter.

    • mynon

      Sabi ni anonymous editor: “Is the exercise meant to make these candidates look good? Definitely not.”

      Is the exercise meant to make Chiz look good? Definitely yes.

    • wawa2172

      Well said and I guess that’s now included in my favorite paper objectives in its vision and mission. Being a kingmaker could make or unmake a politician. It had posted a series of negative articles against Binay’s, Enrile’s and Estrada”s and Marcoses and few or nothing against any member of Team PNoy. Inquirer wanted the PNoy government to continue moving forward but it had not really gone dipper in its investigative journalism on billion pesos of funded programs by the government where anomalies could exist like the 4Ps, DPWH road repairs, maintenance and constructions, PAGCOR, etc. It had not written on Bam Aquino’s political relationship with the Pandak as a very tame youth leader who supported her all the way. Inquirer has been consistent though on its reporting on anomalies at customs, Kris scandalous life, at sala sa lamig at init na love affair ni Chiz na parang di pang congress but showbiz. Hope the inquirer will also tell us kung sino ang nasa congress na may mga kabit like it did to Erap and Binay then, sino ang bakla or closet gay, sino ang nanlalalaki na matrona, the mansions and luxury cars and saan nag aaral ang mga kids, sa exclusive, public or foreign schools ba at iba pa. What I have been reading sa news are the deodorized profiles of the politician tapos tayo ang sisihin kung naibuto natin ang mga nakatagong lihim nang mga ito. Inquirer shoud do the expose about the good and the bad side of the politicians based on their investigative work. Parang tinatamad na ang mga imbistigador natin ah, kingmaker role na ba talaga? it is sad if its affirmative.

      • Drillon Recto

        Dipper? Small or big?
        Naibuto? Buto as in buto in bisaya?

    • Cue_Vas

      I’d prefer that our good candidates list their accomplishments, political
      philosophy and concrete plans on what to do with what ails the country,
      than some rose-colored presentation of their personal lives, meant for
      us to be enamored by their “glamorous simplicity,” or what have you.

      my God, this has been going on since 1986 when we regained our
      democracy. let’s not focus on personalities, but on principles. we need
      backbone, not pretty faces and glib tongues. the media and the friggin
      politicians can do the most to achieve this change. so enough of these
      frickin lovefests, alright?

      the dying children and our enslaved people abroad deserve no less.

      that said, only trillanes, pimentel, j. magsaysay and llasos deserve my vote.

  • bok

    This guy shoud quit politics and venture into “lugawan” at “ihaw-ihaw”. Bagay na bagay syang naka-sando, purutong shorts, at tsinelas at masayang masaya na naglalako.

  • doncleo

    Bakit ba puro personal at love life ang article ni Chiz??? wala bang masabi kung ano mga nagawa nya bilang senador?

    • speaksoftlylove

      Gayagaya kay PNoy. Di ba noong presidential campaign walang ibang issue kay PNoy kundi pekeng love story at pangako sa bayan, lalo na yong wala ng political dynasty daw at wala ng corrupt dahil ipapasa niya ang FOI bill, maliban sa anak siya ni Cory? Suma total ang resulta ay walang natupad na pangako at wala ring love story. Hanggang ngayon wala pang naikulong na corrupt bagkus lalo pang dumami. Smuggling kaliwat’s kanan. BOC at BIR laging kapos. Ayon ang mga heneral libre na. Puro patawa at pangasar lang kay GMA ang alam.

      So, ganun din yan si Chiz, tsismis lang mahjihita mo dyan. Yang bayan niyang Sorsogon naghihikahos pa rin. Asan na pork mo Chiz? Tumakbo siyang independente doon kaya hayun ang ibang pork niya baka doon napunta.

      • doncleo

        ang style nya kasi pipili lang ng issue tapos sakay sya at pa-cute wala naman advocacy..

    • magiting78

      Bakit meron ba….sa mismong distrito nya wala sya pakinabang sa buong bansa p kaya hahhaha mag artistata n lng sya….

  • jeff justice

    He was born on the grandstand…now he cannot stay away from the limelight and loves to play the charade and lead the parade.

    Nothing but smoke and smell of tinapa.

    Get lost!

  • jbadge

    He’s trying to get sympathy from those gullible enough to believe his story. He made it sound like the mother of his children abandoned them and they were left to fend for themselves… such BS. Oh and, let me add, supposedly his father told him to live simply, not arrogantly and act high and mighty. Well, Mr. Escudero, it looks like you did not listen to your father at all!

  • mijacogeo

    “This means cooking for his two kids, doing the grocery, and reading books to put them to sleep, although he says that since two weeks ago, it’s now his children who read books to him.”

    My senatorial choices not withstanding, I would hope the Inquirer and Mr. Escudero would refrain from from “posting” articles like this.

    My response?.

    Give me a break. A senator cooking and doing the grocery? reading books at bedtime? A lot of hogwash — trying to impose on us a sob story that is meant to generate melodramatic sympathy. I have the telenovelas to keep me awake at night and surely do not need another one.

    “because, believe it or not, their stories are ours as well.”

    No, dear reporters of the PDI, Mr. Escudero’s marital problems are not part of “our stories.” Nor are that of the rest of the other “leaders” we have out there, And that includes, the womanizers, the philanderers, the social psychopaths and habitual lawbreakers we have ceremoniously elected to become presidents, senators, congressmen, mayors and councilors.

  • Guest

    Paawa effect…btw ok un invtro nila ng asawa niyang si tintin..Siguro ganun mangyayari kay Heart,,ipapainvitro

  • $20926843

    Whatever the disclaimer of this newspaper regarding this interview, it is very clear as the blue sky that the publication of this interview is meant to gain sympathy votes for this SOB senatorial candidate having noticed that he is slowly slipping in recent poll surveys. Same with the present sitting inutile and autistic president in malacanang who effectively utilized sympathy votes by the death of his/her inconsequential parents.

  • indiosbravos2002

    Kung sa Manila ka nagdakula bako kang tutuong bicolano Chiz. Kaya palan hambogon ka sobra. Dai taka iboboto. Losi mo.

  • TinimbangNgunitKulang

    Madrama. Pang showbiz talaga. Mukhang Kenkoy na bakya pa. Sinong maniniwalang ayaw ng tatay niyang kumandidato siya. Heto at matanda na yung nanay niya eh gusto pang ipalit sa pwesto ng tatay niya.

  • Beersheva

    To Mr. Editor: Do you really think that your readers are that dumb?

    • FrancisXIII

      “Sometimes he would call me when he is sad and I would call him when I’m
      sad. We just talk” …. Oh man. This is a senator talking about a
      president, who, as Conrado de Quiros of PDI describes, Time magazine has
      finally honored by including him among the 100 most influential people
      in the world in the Leaders category. You can’t be serious …. on both counts ….

  • derabon

    look at the title of this news. haha..was the anon author promoting or killing chizzy boy?

    kalbaryo ba talaga ang pag aalaga aaruga ng mga anak?

    this is what the bulok writer implies that escudero is in the situation while

    managing his time as a parent and a politician. but thanks to the author

    for exposing such malfunction of chiz. he is a not fit as a parent.

    how much more as a public servant.

  • Fulpol

    she would let her mother cry in front of TV like what Manny Villar did last 2010 election campaign…

    LOL

  • tarikan

    First G.F. lasted 10 years. Second G.F. (Christine) lasted 5 years before they decided to get married. By the looks of it matagal even by Filipino standard bago makapag-decide si Chiz. Ano kaya dahila? I’ll venture a guess—Yung macho dancer ba o yung singer sa club? Hindi nagtagal nahalata yata ng singer…

  • BoyBakal

    Escudero said…he is the father and mother of his two kids, doing grocery stuffs, cooking, reading books at night.

    He still finds time with his girlfriend Heart Evangelista.
    How could he balance his time if elected….we need full time legislator.

  • amado angara

    Can we ask the accomplishment of Chiz in the Senate, if there’s any?

    • Drillon Recto

      Can we ask the accomplishment of the ENTIRE Senate? That’s the bigger question.

  • regd

    I still am trying to understand what kind of mother would leave the children in the custody of her ex-husband? It’s just a weird arrangement. WHY WOULD CHRISTINE DO THAT?

  • parefrank

    What a fairytale. Chiz, who is relatedto billionaires, can not hire a maid and a cook to care his kids? What a nonsense.

  • DC

    WHO CARES???

    • FrancisXIII

      Exactly ….

  • kilabot

    so it’s really chiz and noykapon all this time.
    perverts.

  • Manga Gamud

    Basta ako ayoko kay Chiz, sobrang madaldal…….wala naman sense ang mga sinasabi………maingay na nga si miriam dadagdagan pa….tama na ……sobra nang maingay ang mundo

    • ranjoranido

      walang sense? hehehe. baka wala ka pa sa .0001 percent ng talino nya.

  • david

    i like the father as a politician and govt official, but not the son.

  • Wakats

    Chix said his father taught him to live simply – not arrogantly or acting “high and mighty”

    Well said but not followed. Instead chix is BASTOS AT MAYABANG….

  • Yxon

    one important point that could had helped in our evaluation of the candidate is the reason why their marriage had broken up.

  • dmaxx_trip

    tinatamad na si chiz mangampanaya, he is less visible to campaign sorties according to the news. Is this his way of getting to the grass roots?

    What will be the impact of this write up to the economy or even to the lives of the common people to be given such importance by this newspaper that it has to be put in the front page? Dapat dito sa lifestyle section or even in the entertainment section.

    Magkano kaya ang bayad dito para mailagay sa front page?

  • Drillon Recto

    Chiz shouldn’t worry about the effect of the brouhaha surrounding his relationship with Heart. Based on his showing on surveys, he will win another senate term. I don’t care about what poll haters or Chiz haters say. If a candidate make a good showing on surveys, it almost always translate to a win than not.

  • m1600

    kalokohan eh tinakas mo nga si heart sa mga magulang sino lolokohin ng PR mo yung mga tanga lang.

  • toby marcos

    To the editor, how many times does Inquirer have to write about Escudero? Let’s move on … marami pa pong ibang kandidato … how come that Inquirer supposedly an independent media mention very few candidates in its main page(s). Come on. If you really want to “deviate” then so deviate – write about the other candidates we know very little about. Tell us something more, deviate from the presentation of these ‘personalities’ and trapos! (And please refrain from “enjoining” us to watch and listen … “Enjoin” is not a very good word to use in this sense. Where have all the good editors of Inquirer gone?).

  • boldyak

    chiz, wag na magplastikan pa…we know you…anyway you will never get my vote, i have already voted..sana di ka manalo…

  • virgoyap

    So he knows how to live a humble and simple life. I was thinking that he is arrogant and a hypocrite.

  • Ibulgarmo Bayan

    I can’t believe what senator Escudero was saying. I agree that it’s the work of a childish journalist who used to do a make believe stories.

  • $2931613

    wow… dont tell me wala kayong maid sa bahay at ikaw pa nagluluto.. di ka lang pala lasenggo, sinungaling pa! master of double talk ka talaga! sana nakinig ka sa tatay mo “LIVE SIMPLY, not arrogantly or acting high and mighty”… wala ka sanang problema ngayon, eh pinakita mo ung tunay mong ugali, sa parents pa ng nililigawan mo.. YUCKS… no amount of press release can save you now!

  • flora gonzales

    i udero,hontiveros,loren legarda,pimentel piacaytano these were among the names chosen not to get our votes because of marital problems

    • $2931613

      wrong.. si escudero lang kasi sya lang ang lalake.. it is unfair to judge these women na iniwan ng asawa because some men are just born polygamous (like me)… pero kung talagang lalake itong si escudero, there is no valid reason why he cannot keep his marriage together.. which really makes us wonder… kung pamilya niya na aapat lang, hindi nya kayang ayusin.. paano pa kaya ang buong pilipinas na 100million and counting!

      • doncleo

        iniwan ng babae dahil lalakweee!! tama single parent sya pero hindi na nya problema ipapakain sa mga anak nya di kagaya ng iba, sigurado din may yaya ang mga bata…kaya nga may panahon pa sya mag-inom. at mag date sila ni Heart..ano ba kahanga-hanga sa pagiging single parent nya?

  • padrefaura

    escudero lost my vote for this bull crap

  • disqusted0fu

    Chiz has been getting a lot of press. It really pays to be a candidate under Pnoy’s endorsed party. And it certainly pays to be a close friend of Pnoy. If Chiz gets reelected, it can only get better for him as he will continue to receive all the benefits that all Pnoy KKKs get.

  • disqusted0fu

    Actors are becoming government officials and government officials are becoming actors. What’s going on in the PH?! Perhaps many have already figured out that popularity is all they need to attain victory in the elections. Thanks for setting an example, Mr. President.

  • disqusted0fu

    There is no doubt that Pnoy is a good friend. He has already appointed many of his friends in different positions in his administration and kept them there despite the awful performances that they are showing. He caters well to all his friends’ needs but he doesn’t attend to the needs of his so called “bosses”. Maybe it would’ve been better if Pnoy referred to us as his friends rather than his bosses.

  • Oscar Diaz

    For Senator, vote # Atty. Samson Alcantara!

  • Oscar Diaz

    #1 SAMSON ALCANTARA for SENATOR!

  • Mang Teban

    What do we care about his private life?

    Should it even be discussed now that it is about three weeks to go?

    Emotional appeal is now the strategy of candidates who foresee impending loss in the elections.

    Emotional pa-awa kasi Nanay-Tatay na siya…sus, maniwala ako.

    Emotional pa-awa kasi tatay niya may prinsipyo…hindi po…tuta ni Makoy noong buhay pa siya.

    Emotional pa-awa kasi best of friends sila ni P-Noy…grabe…

    Emotional pa-awa kasi palpak yung “unique” suggestion about “pocket-less uniforms” and “drawer-less desks” for Bureau of Customs personnel.

    Ha-ha..say Chiz…Chizmoso.

  • coach

    and i noticed, how the PDI seem to write about Escudero, on whatever topic that is, almost everyday. para lang mapansin. How about writing about his alleged alcoholism?

  • JuanCitizen

    Why is this national news???

  • kunsabagay

    na atim sya ni Heart…eewwwww

  • Guest

    What do you mean by ‘Calvary’ here? Is parenting a Calvary? When care work is done by women, it’s but expected. But when it’s done by men – especially high and mighty men – it becomes a Calvary. Parenting is a mutual responsibility. Though challenging and tiring, men must take on their equal share. And if men find themselves alone in raising their kids, which still is a role reversal despite our gender parity rights, please don’t make a big deal out of it. I’m sure Mr. Escudero is assisted by domestic workers and family members.

  • Cirila Limpangog

    What do you mean by ‘Calvary’ here? Is parenting a Calvary? When care work is done by women, it’s but expected. But when it’s done by men – especially high and mighty men – it becomes a Calvary? Parenting is a mutual responsibility. Though challenging and tiring, men must take on their equal share. And if men find themselves alone in raising their kids, which still is a role reversal despite our gender parity rights, please don’t make a big deal out of it. I’m sure Mr. Escudero is assisted by domestic workers and family members. I do commend him for reading books and cooking for his kids though. But simple tasks like these should not be equated with Calvary.

  • Cue_Vas

    I’d prefer that our good candidates list their accomplishments, political philosophy and concrete plans on what to do with what ails the country, than some rose-colored presentation of their personal lives, meant for us to be enamored by their “glamorous simplicity,” or what have you.

    my God, this has been going on since 1986 when we regained our democracy. let’s not focus on personalities, but on principles. we need backbone, not pretty faces and glib tongues. the media and the friggin politicians can do the most to achieve this change. so enough of these frickin lovefests, alright?

    the dying children and our enslaved people abroad deserve no less.

    that said, only trillanes, pimentel, j. magsaysay and llasos deserve my vote.

  • Komentador

    i used to like Inquirer…but now, tsk tsk tsk. lumalala ang mga stories na inilalabas nila, lalo na sa campaign period…i have nothing against Escudero, but this story is nonsense, more personal daw.. to disguise PR…hay, sayang tlg ang magandang simula ng inquirer.

  • walangdiyos

    ang daming dramatista na talaga pag panahon ng eleksyon. kulang na lang e umiyak ih.style mo bulok..ang i-narrate mo ay kung ano na ang nagawa mo sa bayan at hindi kung ano anong kaekekan.

  • John Love

    Bachelors count your blessings, specially your freedom and peace of mind.
    In the Philippines, married man are second class citizens.

  • Tony S. Evangelista

    Is it necessary to display the STUFF TOY :-)

  • BoyBakal

    Escudero finds his calvary after separation from wife….

    Chiz is asking sympathy for being the Single Dad that he is… Paawa.
    We need a legislator who is strong and not one who cannot even manage his family.

  • badler

    damage control

  • Jr Derha

    well said chiz…

  • sanjuan683

    pa-interview ka pa ano akala mo maloloko mo kami. hehehehehe iba iboboto ko hindi ikaw. Lahat ng mga independent senatorial candidates ang iboboto ko ayoko ko na sa mga datihan puro mga magnanakaw.

  • BoyBakal

    Is rearing your children a calvary, as if saying it’s hell…
    Taking care of your kids is the most important part of being a father, priceless.
    It is not calvary, it is heaven…heaven of love and happiness.

  • BoyBakal

    Escudero also talks about his friendship with President Aquino. He says they call each other whenever either of them is down.

    Wow, how romantic couple these two.
    In good times, in bad times, I’ll be on your side forever more
    That’s what friends are for……Bareback mountain.

  • jeff justice

    Its was the lone cavalry that he found…. as in Kabayo….a horse to ride on, every lonely night, and every boring day on the job….and until fresko pa, then find another who is willing to play the role…… so another drama can begin again.

    • BoyBakal

      boss, i made a mistake too.
      i thought, it was cavalry not calvary….anyway, its the same it is a calvary riding on your cavalry.

  • southDUDE

    Pa cute ka pa rin Chiz. Mabuti nga sau at dumausdos ka pang lalo. Kahit manalo ka ngayon, kalimutan mo na ang ambisyon mo sa 2016.

  • Rolly257

    Si Escudero, ka-style ni Binay…a wolf in a sheep clothing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/yet.jua Yet Jua

    Chiz is like his father,an honest public servant.

  • hustlergalore

    getting personal?

    bakit walang mga tanong na…

    bakit ang dami mong bukbok?
    bakit wala kang paninindigan?
    bakit ang showbiz mo?
    bakit ang bilis mong magpalit ng anyo? aswang ka ba?

    LOL

  • FrancisXIII

    I think “vapid” is the right word to describe this article. Maybe it’s just me, but I think articles like this do not take seriously both the importance of good information in maintaining a healthy democracy and the role of media in such a democracy. It seems to reflect a very low opinion, albeit unintentionally, that the Inquirer has of its readers in particular and of the culture in general. The article begins with a prefacte that states ” With a little less than a month before the mid-term elections in May…,” Well, with a little less than a month before the mid-term elections in May”, perhaps the Philippine electorate … the Philippine public … deserves something more uplifting and educational than the continuation of “bread and circuses”.

  • FrancisXIII

    Or to phrase your question another way …” Are we, Filipinos, this low in intelligence” to accept an article like this “with a little less than a month before the mid-term elections in May…” The article itself is an insult!

  • Simon Ward

    Your comment is spot on! Much better than my comment, to which you were responding :)

  • FrancisXIII

    Thanks alot. Actually, I responded to your comment because the use of the descriptive “vapid” was perfectly appropriate. I am glad you used it, and I hope the writer of the article understands it and takes it in a constructive way. One other comment needs to be made, I think. The metaphor of Calvary used in the title was GRAVELY inappropriate … I am being kind here. I use those words because it wouldn’t be nice… and probably wouldn’t be constructive … to use “stupid.”

  • Beersheva

    Yes, I was dumb enough to ask that question.

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