Escudero admits to being fish out of water in spat with Heart’s parents


Senator Francis Escudero with girlfriend Heart Evangelista in an out-of-town vacation. INQUIRER file photo

MANILA, Philippines—Had this been a political squabble, the glib-tongued Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero would easily demolish the opponent with his charm and effusive language.

But the reelectionist senator has admitted that his hands (and tongue) are tied in the case of a possible face-off with Heart Evangelista’s parents, Rey and Cecile Ongpauco.

Evangelista, 28, is Escudero’s girlfriend for eight months now. Known as Love Marie Ongpauco in real life, she is the sixth and youngest child of the couple.

Evangelista’s parents have announced in a press conference last week their displeasure over Escudero’s behavior and their fear that the senator, hardly a middle class dude, would be unable to support their daughter’s material whims in case they end up legally bound to each other.

“Iba sana kung labang pulitika ito na may bumabatikos sa akin at kung ano-anong kasinungalingan ang sinasabi, napakadaling sagutin. Napakadaling ilagay sa lugar niya,” Escudero complained in an interview over dwIZ on Tuesday.

But arguing with the parents of one’s ladylove is definitely a taboo. Not that the senator plans to.

Escudero insists there should really be no quarrel with Evangelista’s folks at all as he had paid the proper respect to the couple.

“Hindi ko ba ginawa ‘yan? (Didn’t I do that?)” he asked, referring to efforts to get close with the parents.

“Gaya ng sabi nga ni Heart sa isang interview, lahat naman ginawa ‘yan at sino ba naman ang gagawa ng mga sinasabi nila na paninira. Lahat naman ginawa namin (As Heart said in an interview, we did everything, and who would do what they said I did which had besmirched me…We did everything),” Escudero added.

At one point, the senator was reminded of their matchmaker Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago’s advice for him to woo Evangelista’s parents as suitors would usually do.

“Ang kulang na lang hindi ako nag-igib ng tubig, pero may tubig naman ang kanilang (condominium) unit (I did not fetch water because their condominium unit had water),” the senator said jokingly.

At one point, the senator who is often introduced as a native of Sorsogon, was also asked whether he tried his hand at cutting firewood like rural men courting women.

“Hindi ako nagsibak ng kahoy dahil may kuryente naman (I did not cut firewood because they have electricity),” he replied.

But whatever efforts he exerted, Escudero noted that at this point, it seemed that everything was for naught.

“Lahat naman ginawa. Mahirap ang kalagayan namin dahil nananitili ang pagmamahal at respeto ni Heart, gayundin ang respeto ko sa mga magulang ni Heart (Everything has been done.  It’s a difficult situation because Heart keeps her love and respect and likewise, I keep my respect for the parents of Heart),” the senator said.

Evangelista’s beau said her parents’ allegations that he had no manners caught him by surprise. In a column last week, the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Ramon Tulfo initially quoted an unnamed source saying the Ongpaucos found Escudero “uncouth” and “disrespectful.”

The source also said the senator reeked of alcohol during his encounters with Evangelista’s parents.

In a subsequent column, the Ongpaucos were quoted directly, saying that Escudero acquired a P5 million gold watch through a “Chinese businessman” and gave it to their daughter.

An expensive trailer was allegedly one of Escudero’s pledges to Evangelista, along with the prospect of earning big money through a “law firm” where the senator is involved.

The Ongpaucos are also anxious that their daughter would eventually live in sin with Escudero since he has only acquired so far a civil annulment of his marriage to Christine Flores with whom he has twin children.

At this point, Escudero expressed concern about how things have adversely affected Evangelista whose manner he noted, has changed after her parents’ public revelations.

Gone were the easy laughter and bright smile, the senator said.

“Nadarama, nakikita at nababakas mo sa kanyang mukha, sa kanyang mata ang kalungkutan…napakalayo doon sa ugnayan at relasyon namin bago mangyari ang lahat na ito. Masakit sa dibdib; hindi maikakaila at siyempre damang-dama ko ‘yon lalo na bilang kasintahan niya (Sadness is felt, seen and etched on her face, in her eyes…It’s a far cry from our relationship before this happened.  This hurts, I cannot deny it and I feel her sadness as her boyfriend),” Escudero added.

But as all love stories go, the senator agreed that what could not destroy them would make them stronger.

He expressed suspicion about parties out to take advantage of the situation to smash his reelection bid.

The Social Weather Station’s latest report showed Escudero tied at possible third and fourth place with San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito-Estrada. The senator used to be safely ensconced at No. 2 since surveys appeared in 2011.

“May nasa likod at may nagsasamantala pero hindi para sa aking sabihin dahil puro kuwento-kuwento lamang ‘yon at maaring hindi rin naman totoo. Subalit hindi na siguro ako magugulat kung may nagsasamantala. Pero kasama na rin siguro ‘yan sa gimmick sa pulitika (People behind the scenes are taking advantage of the situation but it’s not for me to say because these are all stories and they may not be true.  However, I would not be surprised if indeed some groups are taking advantage.  This is all part of gimmicks in politics),” he said.

“Nakakalungkot lang dahil luma at tradisyonal na politika na ‘yan, trapo politics ika nga. Pero ano naman ang magagawa namin? Alangan namang magreklamo at magalburoto at magsumbong kami sa publiko. Kailangan lang naming dalhin, bitbitin at labanan ang pasanin na ‘yon,” Escudero added.

Several weeks back, the senator said he got word that former President Joseph Estrada, now running for mayor of Manila, has been “campaigning against” him.

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  • asarin

    may nagsabi sa akin na may ibang sexual tendencies o sexual preference si chiz? hindi kaya naamoy ng magulang ni heart ito? at ayaw nilang magsuffer bigtime si heart katulad ni kc concepcion sa kanyang pakikipagrelasyon kay piolo? hmmm maraming kwento pero sa huli malalaman din ang totoo!

    • AntiAko

      At yung nagsabi sa yo eh close na close kay Chiz at alam niya? Kung ano man si Chiz wala ka na doon. asikasuhin mo ang buhay mo at baka lang guminhawa naman ang buhay mo kagaya ng kay heart o kay chiz.

      • asarin

        maginhawa po ang buhay ko at hindi nangungurakot o umaasa sa pork barrel fund… marangal po trabaho ko. nasabi ko lang baka pagpapanggap lang ang lahat sa ngalan ng pulitika… pero sa kalaunan lalabas din ang totoo… ang ayaw ko lang ay maging lider ng bansa ang isang sinungaling… hindi ka ba nagtataka kung bakit nakipaghiwalay si chiz sa dati nyang asawa. may nagbibigay sa kanya noon ng taga dakota harrison. nakita ko na ang guy sa isang city sa central luzon…hmmmm

  • mars69

    Nakakpangilabot makita si escudero at heart , parang bayaring hostes si heart kapag kasama ng matandang lasinggerong si chiz!

    • Erarara

      sinabi mo pa, nasusuka ko sa kanilang dalawa , malamang amoy alak lagi yan si escudero

      • AntiAko

        isa ka pa. eh di sumuka ka dyan. pakialamero sa buhay ng may buhay…

    • AntiAko

      anong paki mo? pabayaan mo sila eh gusto nila eh.ginagambala ka ba nilang dalawa?

  • Carolingling

    Kapag tumakbo pa si Escudero bilang senador, aba sobrang kakapal ng pagmumuka nya, pambihira matapos malaman ng buong pilipinas ang lahat ng katarantaduhan nya.

  • OhDelilah

    nakakadiri ang dalawang to, pero sa bagay bagay naman sila , lasenggo at bobita! heart at escudero bagay kayo!

    • Floridahhh

      oo nga ano, napakabobo naman kasi ni heart, pumatol sa walang kwentang si chiz escudero

      • AntiAko

        at ikaw eh matalino? no wonder, buhay ng may buhay ang pinapakialaman mo.
        great minds talk about ideas…
        average minds talk about events…
        small minds talk about people… <<<< DITO KA CATEGORIZED!

    • AntiAko

      asus, at ikaw na pakialamera hindi nakakadiri?

  • trotskyshound

    In the United States when a guy pursued a girl half his age there will be some eek factor there. Creepy is just not the word for it. but statutory rape is.

    • hog

      pretty silly comment does not even make sense, How can that be rape when they’re both consenting adults, How old are you?

    • AntiAko

      this has got to be the dumbest comment in this forum. bakit nasa states ka ba at kung makapagsalita ka eh mukhang alam na alam mo…

      statutory rape only applies when the girl is under-age. heart is 28.

  • boybakal

    Now we know who Escudero is….
    The more I will vote for Nancy Binay and JV Ejercito. Also, I will go for Cayetano.
    These names have not been in scandal, still pure and we need purest heart and mind in the Senate.
    As to Jinggoy…I now support him….no scandal, he’s clean.

    • AntiAko

      may pa pure pure of heart ka pang nalalaman. lahat ng mga binanggit mo eh mga pulitiko. mga kupal ang mga yan. kahit nga mga pari eh hindi mapagkakatiwalaan, mga pulitiko pa kaya?

  • pfc_kulapu


    • AntiAko

      hay naku, di mo na naman siguro naimon ang gamot mo…

  • noyab


    • AntiAko

      artistahin ka kuya?

  • noyab


    • AntiAko

      kaclose mo si heart at alam mo ang mga luho niya?

  • speedstream2

    Isn’t discernment one of the stock tools of the trade of a senator? With due respect, some points possibly worth considering: 1) One can be madly in love but must always maintain proper decorum that befits a senior legislator 2) It’s extremely difficult to meld the world of entertainment and the world of legislation 3) The wide age gap, like it or not, is a very tricky element. 4) The big difference in social status, like it or not too, is yet another very tricky element. 5) Is there a viable win-win option for this relationship? Sure, everybody is entitled to happiness, but it always comes with a price, which, at times, can be pretty stiff.

    • kolambogan

      Discernment- I believe most senators discern only towards self propagation and to be rich and famous without doing any substantial work to merit squandering billions of pesos under their control without accountability to the people. all talk and posturings.

      Most senators are so mad in love that they tend to fall in love over and over again, like once senators Joseph Estrada, Revilla/Bautista Sr. Enrile, Escudero, Legarda, Pimentel, etc., etc., etc.

      I think you forgot to consider the fact that so many of the present crop of senators are from the enterteinment industry, the likes of the Estradas, Lapid, Sotto, Escudero, Revilla, Legarda. So to me it seems easy for them to meld without doing substantial legislative work in the halls of congress, so thick skinned all of them taking peoples money sans equal work vis-a-vis riches they have been taking from the Philippine treasury.

      Their love life should not be an issue, it’s personal and to propagate the same in media is so unbecoming of a senator to have the same be the subject of gossips and innuendos just to have some sort of publicity for campaign purposes. As a senator and if he’s truly a gentleman, he should have kept his quiet regarding his tiff with the parents of Heart Evangelista, for it has no bearings with his role as a senator of the Philippines.

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