|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)|
Philippines Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines
|Spouse:||Christine Elizabeth Flores (separated since 2011)|
Francis Joseph Guevara Escudero, also known as Chiz, (born 10 October 1969) is a Filipino politician who has been a member of the Senate of the Philippines since 2007.
He previously served as a member of the House of Representatives, representing the 1st District of Sorsogon. He also served as the Minority Floor Leader of the House of Representatives. He is currently running for Vice President in the 2016 national election.
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.
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.
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 Representatives
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.
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.
He served as the Chairman of the Senate Committees on Environment and Natural Resources as well as Justice and Human Rights. He also headed the Joint Congressional Oversight Committees on Clean Air Act and Chainsaw Act. As chair of the Senate Justice Committee, he also served as an ex-officio member of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC).
He ran as an independent candidate for the 2013 Senatorial Elections. However, he was also a guest candidate for the administration and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) opposition slate. Garnering 17,502,358 votes, Escudero won another term as senator.
In the 16th Congress, Escudero served as chairman of the Finance Committee. He continued to push for extensive legislation on good governance, education, agriculture, electoral reforms and justice and human rights.
On 28 July 2015, Escudero resigned as chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance and as co-chair of the Joint Congressional Committee on Public Expenditures. He cited a possible bid for higher office in the next elections.
On 15 September 2015, Escudero announced his candidacy for Vice President of the Philippines at Club Filipino. He is the running mate of presidential candidate Grace Poe.
Escudero married Christine Elizabeth Flores in 1999. They have two children. They separated after six years and were granted a civil annulment in 2011. Escudero was given the custody of the children.
He began dating Heart Evangelista in 2012. Their engagement was announced in August 2014, months after Escudero obtained Church annulment of his first marriage. On 15 February 2015, Evangelista and Escudero wed in Balesin Island.
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
- Rotary Golden Wheel Award for Political Governance and Legislation, 2012
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