Francis Escudero

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Francis Joseph Escudero
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Senator of the Philippines
2004–incumbent
Minority Floor Leader, House of the Representatives, 13th Congress
2004–2007
Representative, First District of Sorsogon , House of the Representatives, 10th-12th Congress
1998–2004
Political Party: NPC (1998 to date)
Genuine Opposition (2005 to 2007)
Independent (2013, Guest Candidate)
United Nationalist Alliance (2013, Guest Candidate)
Liberal Party Coalition (2013, Guest Candidate)
Born: October 10, 1969 (age 43)
Flag of the Philippines Philippines Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines
Spouse: Christine Elizabeth Flores (separated since 2011)
Religion: Roman Catholic

Francis Joseph Guevara Escudero, also known as Chiz, is a Philippine Senator. He is currently the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments, Revision of Codes and Laws. He was elected to the Philippine Senate in 2007, earning the second highest number of votes next to Senator Loren Legarda.

He was married to Christine Escudero, but the two are currently. They have two children: twins Ma. Cecilia and Joaquin. Escudero is presently being linked to television actress Heart Evangelista.


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Education

Escudero went to the University of the Philippines Integrated School for both his primary and secondary education, and graduated in 1981 and 1985 respectively. He graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City in 1988 and Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines College of Law in 1993. He received his Masters in International and Comparative Law at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D. C. in 1996.

In the University of the Philippines, Escudero was Secretary General of the Association of Law Students of the Philippines from 1992 to1993. He also joined the Alpha Phi Beta Fraternity and was a member of the Alpha Phi Beta Debating Team, which was the 1991 U.P. Open Debate Champion. It was during this time that Escudero got his first victory as a debater when, as a "frat man," he was "politely ordered" by his seniors at the Alpha Phi Beta fraternity to represent the group in the campus-wide gab fest.

Escudero was a consistent honor student and a member of the Order of the Purple Feather or the U.P. Law Honor Society from 1989 to 1993.

Career

Escudero was a teaching assistant in the Department of Political Science in the University of the Philippines from 1988 to 1989. He also worked as a junior political analyst in the Batangas Development Planning Project in 1989.

From 1993 to 1994, he was Junior Associate at the Bautista, Picazo, Buyco, Tan and Fider Law Office. After this, he was Legal Consultant for the UNLAD Ship Management and Manning Corp., and Legal Counsel for the Crusade Against Violence (CAV), both in 1994 to 1995. Since 1995 until the present, he is a partner of the Escudero, Marasigan, Sta. Ana, Vallente and Villareal Law Office (EMSAVIL Law).

From 1996 to 1998, Escudero was a senior lecturer at the College of Law in the University of the Philippines. He was also a lecturer at the Graduate School of the Ateneo de Manila University in 2000.

From May to August 2000, he was a TV Host of Ngayon na Pinoy, a program of RPN 9. He was also the Program Anchor of "Magandang Umaga, Bayan" at the Angel Radio, DZAR 1026 AM. Then from 03 July 2000 to the present, he is the Commander of the Philippine Navy Reserved Command.

Escudero has received several awards and distinctions: he was one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines awardees for his dedication in leadership and nation building; he has been honored as World Economic Forum's Young Global Leader in 2008 and the only Filipino to be named as Asia News Network's Asia's Idol.

Political career

Escudero first showed his interest in politics at the age of 22 when he ran for public office as municipal councilor of Sorsogon City. At age 25, he again showed an interest to run for the office of the mayor of Sorsogon City. Unfortunately for both occasions, his father's wish that he finish law school before running for the local government election prevailed.

House of Representative

In 1998, Escudero began his political career at age 28 as the representative of the 1st District Sorsogon for the 11th Congress of the Philippines. He was elected Assistant Majority Floor Leader of the 11th Congress from June 1998 to November 2000, and became Second Deputy Majority Floor Leader of the 11th Congress in November 2000 to January 2001. He was Assistant Deputy Majority of the 11th Congress from January to June 2001.

During his second term, Escudero was one of the prime movers of the impeachment complaints against the then-president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. There were several impeachment complaints filed against the former president almost every year. Escudero maintained his position in sustaining and proceeding with the impeachment complaints.

Escudero has been a congressman for three consecutive terms, ending in 2007. On 30 January 2007, he filed for candidacy for the Philippine Senate, where he finished second after Loren Legarda

Senate

Escudero ranked second in the 2004 Senatorial Elections after his colleague Senator Loren Legarda.

During his incumbency, Escudero filed several bills including the Absentee Voting Bill, Cybercrime Prevention Act, and Palarong Pambansa Bill, among others.

There are rumors that Escudero wanted to run for presidency in the 2010 Presidential Elections after he decided to resign from the Nationalist People's Coalition during a press conference held in San Juan. Despite these rumors, he did not run for the said post. However, he was credited as to why the "NoyBi" tandem won as president and vice-president.

Currently, he sits as the Chairman of the Senate Committees on Environment and Natural Resources as well as Justice and Human Rights. He also heads the Joint Congressional Oversight Committees on Clean Air Act and Chainsaw Act. As chair of the Senate Justice Committee, he also sits as an ex-officio member of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC).

Escudero is now running as an independent candidate for the 2013 Senatorial Elections However, he is also a guest candidate for the administration and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) opposition slate.

2013 Senatorial Elections

Escudero started his senatorial campaign as one of the three common candidates (the other two are Loren Legarda and Grace Poe-Llamazares) of the two leading coaltions: the administration's Team PNoy and the opposition's United Nationalists Alliance, headed by Vice President Jejomar Binay. Since the campaign period has started the three common candidates preferred to join Team PNoy's sorties. This lead to a controversy which made UNA decide to let go of the three guest candidates

Campaign Platforms

Running for his second and last term as a Senator, Escudero lays down his legislative agenda by promoting the following:

  • Decent housing for every Filipino through the Gawad Kalinga's programs. These are not only for the poor but also for the ordinary workers like the teachers, the police, and the soldiers.
  • Sustainable livelihood for every Filipino family through micro-finance, skills training and prioritization of Filipino and women entrepreneurs.
  • Equal opportunities for the youth through allocation of funds in state colleges and universities with the help of private stakeholders in education.
  • Recognizing the right to healthcare of everyone especially the poor and the aged.
  • Safeguarding human rights and eradication of every form of discrimination.

Senate Agenda

  • Shelter- Escudero will support universal housing program that ensures not only shelter but home ownership through a range of incentives.
  • Environment- He believes that good governance is the key in dealing with adverse effects of global warming and climate change. Government officials must hold accountable for strict and uncompromised enforcement environmental laws.
  • Justice and Human Rights- He will continue to make courts more accessible to the Filipinos to ensure the swift dispositions of cases and the service of justice.
  • Health- Escudero will promote programs for universal health care, with emphasis on maternal health, care for elders, and overall lifestyle wellness.
  • Governance- He will push transparency and accountability of government officials and agencies as a rule.
  • Food Security- He will support the enhancement of food production and supply system to ensure adequate and affordable food for everyone. Give food producers more incentives to improve productivity and boost access from farms to markets.
  • Education- Escudero will promote quality education that is affordable and accessible to all. He pushes to update our education curriculum to emphasize the sciences, expand state scholarship programs in partnership with the private sector, and strengthen linkages with the private sector for job placements.
  • Entrepreneurship and Employment- He will promote entrepreneurship and help boost employment and income generation; expand micro-finance programs and encourage the growth of small business; and ensure that worker's rights are protected and promoted.
  • Peace and Order- Escudero believes that law enforcement shall be more community-centric; peace and order can be best achieved only through an effective and institutionalized partnership between the citizenry and the state.
  • Women and Children- Escudero will strive to promote gender equality while strengthening laws that protect women and children.

Awards and recognition

  • Most Outstanding Solon, League of Press Associations of the Philippines, 1998, 1999, 2000
  • Top Congressman, Pillars of the New Republic, 1999, 2000, 2001
  • Youth Achiever in the Government Sector, Development of the Filipino Youth, June 1999
  • Grand Advocate of Press Freedom, League of Press Associations of the Philippines, November 1999
  • 9th KBP Golden Dove Awardee, Best Public Affairs Program 2000, Magandang Umaga, Bayan, Angel Radio, DZAR 1026AM
  • Exceptional Young Achievers, Development of Filipino Writers, Inc., June 2000
  • Outstanding Public Servant of the Year, National Media Statistics Research News Publication, August 2000
  • Legislator of the Year, Philippine Media Research and Progress Report, Inc., September 2000
  • One of the Outstanding Solons of the 12th Congress, Public Eye Magazine, 2001
  • Leaders of the 12th Congress, Pillars of the New Republic, 2001 & 2002
  • Outstanding Congressman of the Year, Philippine Youth Association for Public Affairs, Inc., February 2002
  • Gawad Papuri Awardee, April 2002
  • Most Outstanding Congressman of the 1st Session of the 12th Congress, League of the Press Association of the Philippines, May 2002
  • Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) awardee, 2005
  • Asian News Networks’ Asia’s Idols awardee, 2007
  • Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum, 2008
  • Anak TV Seal's Ten Most Admired TV Personalities awardee, 2008


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