Is Sen. Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero pulling out of the presidential race? He pulled out of the Nationalist People’s Coalition reportedly because he didn’t get the kind of financial support he was seeking from kingmaker Eduardo ‘Danding’ Cojuangco who’s the real power behind the party, but he’s denying this.
I cannot help but be frustrated and even disgusted by how Sen. Escudero explained his sudden move. All rhetoric and evasions. It sounded like he was reciting a poetic monologue, and its wasn’t even very good poetry. He talks like a robot what with that monotone of his, and in alliterative words. Previously I didn’t really mind — and I know some even found his way of speaking, bizarrely, cute– but the other night, as he granted a live interview on TV Patrol and fielded questions from Ted Failon and Karen Davila, he was soooooo annoying.
He was evasive. Yeah, sure, he said he wanted to be his own man, and he he said he didn’t want to be beholden to anyone if he was going to run for the highest post in the land so he can run and, if he wins, rule with a clear conscience and with a clear head uninfluenced by his party’s politics.
But WHO WAS HE KIDDING?! Failon asked him why only now is he doing this? So close to the polls, and with no signs coming that he was fed up with the NPC or its politics. Why only now?
His explanation or excuse (and yes, I think, it really was the latter) sounded like he was being an honest candidate, a different kind of politician, but I DIDN’T buy it. Jeez.
I like Sen. Escudero — I laud all his previous efforts to speak out against corruption in government. I can even forgive his being a spokesperson for the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) back in 1998 when he was still a congressman under former Pres. Joseph Estrada’s term. He has matured and evolved into a politician who carried serious issues like human rights, foreign policy, jobs and wages. I see him as a more able, more charismatic, more decisive politician than, say, Sen. Noynoy Aquino. If he were running for president, I’d probably vote for him.
But the last few days?! Gad, how frustrating. There’s something he is not saying, something he is not admitting. And this implies much, given how he is usually so forthcoming.
Sen. Chiz, what the heck are you doing? Was it just the money?! You can still run under the NPC and still be your own man, right? If you win, all bets are off and you are beholden primarily to those who voted for you. You can and should defy all those who go against your objectives if they are objectives sincerely meant and concretely aimed to benefit the Filipino people.