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|Francis Joseph G. Escudero|
|Senator of the Philippines|
June 30, 2007
|House of Representatives
Minority Floor Leader
July 26, 2004 – June 8, 2007
|Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Sorsogon's First District|
June 30, 1998 – June 30, 2007
|Preceded by||Salvador H. Escudero III|
|Succeeded by||Salvador H. Escudero III|
October 10, 1969 |
|Political party||Independent (2009–present)
Genuine Opposition (2005–2007)
|Spouse(s)||Christine Escudero (2005-2011; annulled)
Heart Evangelista (m. 2015)
|Children||Ma. Cecilia Escudero and Joaquin Escudero (twins)|
|Residence||Sorsogon City, Sorsogon and
|Alma mater||University of the Philippines and Georgetown University|
Francis Joseph "Chiz" Guevara Escudero (born October 10, 1969) is a member of the Philippine Senate since 2007. He previously served as a member of the Philippine House of Representatives from the 1st District Sorsogon, and as the Minority Floor Leader of the 13th Congress of the Philippines on his third and last House term.
Early life and career
Escudero was born on October 10, 1969 in Manila, Philippines, the middle child of the three children of the late Representative Salvador Escudero (1st District of Sorsogon) and educator Evelina B. Guevara.
Escudero attended the University of the Philippines Integrated School for both his Elementary and Secondary Education, and graduated in 1981 and 1985 respectively. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City in 1988 and Bachelors of Laws at 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.
At the University of the Philippines, Escudero was Secretary General of the Association of Law Students of the Philippines from 1992–1993. 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. A consistent honor student, he was a member of the Order of the Purple Feather or the U.P. Law Honor Society from 1989–1993.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Escudero was a teaching assistant at the Department of Political Science, University of the Philippines in 1988–1989. In 1989, he became Junior Political Analyst of the Batangas Development Planning office.
From 1993–1994, 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 May to August 2000, he hosted Ngayon na Pinoy, a television program that aired on RPN 9. He anchored the radio programs "Magandang Umaga, Bayan," at the Angel Radio, DZAR 1026 AM, Usapang de Campanilla and Usapang Legal, both at DZMM. He penned a column, "Usapang Legal ni Chiz Escudero" (later renamed "Say Chiz") in the newspapers Abante and Abante Tonite.
On July 3, 2000, Escudero was named a Commander of the Philippine Navy Reserve Command
Escudero's initiation into the political arena and into the art of addressing big crowds began in his teenage years in the 1980s, when he helped organize the local campaigns of his father. Escudero explained: "In 1984, I was part of the postering brigade in my dad's campaign for assemblyman. In 1987, I handled the youth; in 1992, I handled the headquarters and arranged logistics. In 1995, I handled last minute operations, and in 1998, I was finally the candidate!"
He first indicated his inclination towards public service at the age of 22 when he expressed interest to run for public office as municipal councilor of Sorsogon City . At age 25, he again indicated an intent to run for the office of the mayor of Sorsogon City. But for both occasions, the family's opinion, especially that of his father's, that he finish his law studies first before beginning a political career, prevailed. In response to the wishes of his family, he finished his Law studies first before entering politics.
House of Representatives
As a fourth-generation Escudero to serve in public office, he began his political career at age 28 in 1998 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.
Escudero was the campaign spokesperson for the defeated Philippine presidential candidate Fernando Poe Jr.
Escudero was one of the pro-impeachment congressmen who were the prime movers for the initiation of impeachment proceedings for the former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. In 2005, he voted against the dropping of impeachment complaints against the president. His explanation summarizes his stand: "It is the truth that she has lost. But the search for the truth does not end today. The president and her allies will always be haunted by questions."
Escudero maintained the same vote against dismissing the impeachment complaints against Arroyo in 2006, retaining his original vote the previous year.
As for his term in congress which ends in 2007, he said: "Three years is too short for a good official, too long for a bad one. Four is ideal. I feel tired—I used to have only five white hairs!—but I still want to find out, at age 35, if this will still be my career path or whether I should move to the private sector. I wouldn't want to reach 50 still hoping to be something in government which I can never be."
Today, he heads the Senate Committees on Justice and Human Rights, Joint Oversight Committees on Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Clean Air Act, and Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.
In 2009, some were expecting Escudero to run for presidency and backed out. Instead, he endorsed the team-up of Benigno Aquino III and Jejomar Binay who belong in opposing camps for President and Vice-President.
Escudero was later reelected during the 2013 Philippine Senate elections.
In 2011, Escudero and his then wife Christine Elizabeth Flores underwent a divorce, with two children resulting from this six-year marriage. He reportedly began dating local actress and television talk show host Heart Evangelista a month after the split, and Escudero's engagement to Evangelista was then announced in August 2014. On 15 February 2015, Evangelista and Escudero wed via a lavish ceremony at the Balesin Island Club in the Philippines.
Awards and Citations
Escudero has earned several distinctions, including becoming a TOYM (Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines) awardee in recognition of his selfless dedication as a youth leader.
In 2007, he was the only Filipino named as Asia News Network's Asia's Idols. He has also been honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader of 2008 in recognition of his professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.
- Escudero leaves NPC ABS-CBNnews.com, Retrieved October 28, 2009.
- Escudero files candidacy to stop intrigues Philippine Daily Inquirer Retrieved 31 January 2007.
-  GMA Network Retrieved 4 February 2015.
- "Chiz, Heart now engaged". ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. 23 August 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
- "IN PHOTOS: Heart Evangelista in her stunning wedding dress". Rappler News (rappler.com). Retrieved 15 February 2015.
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