Francis Escudero

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Francis Joseph "Chiz" G. Escudero
Senator of the Philippines
Assumed office
June 30, 2007
House of Representatives
Minority Floor Leader
In office
July 26, 2004 – June 8, 2007
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Sorsogon's First District
In office
June 30, 1998 – June 30, 2007
Preceded by Salvador H. Escudero III
Succeeded by Salvador H. Escudero III
Personal details
Born (1969-10-10) October 10, 1969 (age 45)
Philippines Manila, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Political party Independent (2009–present)[1]
NPC (1998–2009)
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
Manila, Philippines
Alma mater University of the Philippines and Georgetown University
Occupation Senator
Religion Roman Catholicism

Francis Joseph "Chiz" Guevara Escudero (born October 10, 1969) has been 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[edit]

Escudero was born on October 10, 1969 in Manila, Philippines, the middle child of the three children to the late Representative Salvador Escudero (1st District of Sorsogon) and educator Evelina B. Guevara.[2]


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.[2]

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.[3]

Private sector[edit]

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.[4]

From 1993–1994, Escudero 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).[2]

From 1996 to 1998, Escudero was a Senior Lecturer at the College of Law at the University of the Philippines. He was also lecturer at the Graduate School of the Ateneo de Manila University in 2000.[2]

From May to August 2000, Escudero 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.[2]

On July 3, 2000, Escudero was named a Commander of the Philippine Navy Reserve Command.[2]

Congressional career[edit]

Escudero first expressed interest in running for public office as municipal councilor of Sorsogon City at age 22.[citation needed] At age 25, he again indicated an intent to run for the office of the mayor of Sorsogon City. However, on both occasions, his family's opinion that he finish his law studies first before beginning a political career prevailed.[3]

House of Representatives[edit]

Escudero 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.[4]

Escudero was the campaign spokesperson for the defeated Philippine presidential candidate Fernando Poe Jr.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Escudero maintained the same vote against dismissing the impeachment complaints against Arroyo in 2006, retaining his original vote the previous year.[citation needed]


On January 30, 2007, Escudero filed his candidacy for the Philippine Senate.[5] He was elected to the Senate with the second highest tally of votes, slightly behind Loren Legarda.

In the 14th Congress, Escudero headed the Senate Committees on Justice and Human Rights and Ways and Means, Committee on National Defense. In the 15th Congress, he headed again the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights together with the 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.[citation needed]

In 2009, some were expecting Escudero to run for the presidency but he did not. He endorsed the team-up of Benigno Aquino III and Jejomar Binay who belong in opposing camps for President and Vice-President.[6]

In the Senate, Escudero's committees had no backlogs.[citation needed] To date,[when?] Escudero has filed 164 bills as principal author and authored or sponsored 66 laws. Among them are RA 9504 (Tax Exemptions for Minimum Wage Earners and Increase Tax Exemptions), RA 9514 (Revised Fire Code of the Philippines), RA 9576 (Increase Maximum Deposit Insurance to P500,000), RA 9745 (Anti Torture Act), RA 9946 (An Act Granting Additional Retirement, Survivorship and other benefits to the members of the Judiciary), RA 9993 (Philippine Coastguard Act), RA 9995 (Anti Photo and Video Voyeurism Act), RA 9999 (Free Legal Assistance Act), RA 10072 (Philippine Red Cross Act), RA 10344 (Risk Reduction and Preparedness Equipment Act), RA 10353 (Anti Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance Act), RA 10368 (Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act) and the last three General Appropriations Act under him as the present Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.[citation needed]

Escudero was reelected during the 2013 Philippine Senate elections.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

In 2011, Escudero and his then wife Christine Elizabeth Flores were granted a civil annulment. They had two children (twins) during their six-year marriage.[citation needed] In 2012, he began dating local actress and television talk show host Heart Evangelista, and their engagement was announced in August 2014, a few months after he obtained Church annulment of his first marriage.[7] On 15 February 2015, Evangelista and Escudero wed at the Balesin Island Club in the Philippines.[8]

Awards and Citations[edit]

Escudero has earned several distinctions. In 1999, he was awarded Youth Achiever in Government;[citation needed] in 200, Most Outstanding Congressman and Outstanding Public Servant of the Year;[citation needed] and in 2005, he became a TOYM (Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines) awardee in recognition of his selfless dedication as a youth leader.[citation needed]

In 2007, Escudero was the only Filipino named as Asia News Network's Asia's Idols.[citation needed] In 2008, He was given the Anak TV Seal as the Most Admired TV Personality.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Escudero received the Rotary Golden Wheel Award for Political Governance and Legislation in 2012.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Escudero leaves NPC, Retrieved October 28, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Curriculum Vitae: Hon. Francis G. Escudero" (PDF). Republic of the Philippines House of Representatives. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 May 2006. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Francis 'Chiz' G. Escudero". Office of Rep. Chiz Escudero. Archived from the original on 14 February 2007. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Escudero, Francis Joseph G.". Makati Business Club. 2004. Archived from the original on 2 July 2004. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Escudero files candidacy to stop intrigues Philippine Daily Inquirer Retrieved 31 January 2007.
  6. ^ [1] GMA Network Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Chiz, Heart now engaged". ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. 23 August 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "IN PHOTOS: Heart Evangelista in her stunning wedding dress". Rappler News ( Retrieved 15 February 2015. 

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