Character assassination prelude to 2016, says Chiz

April 25, 2013 10:53 am 

DAVAO CITY, April 24 — Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero believes the “character assassination” hurled against him particularly his present personal relationship with actress Heart Evangelista had something to do with the 2016 presidential elections.

Of late, Escudero, who consistently ranked between the top 1 and 2 in political surveys, was bombarded with negative attacks such as being alcoholic, drug addict, always playing computer games, and the most severe is of him being disrespectful to the parents of his girlfriend.

Escudero said the latest attack thrown at him is he is using Heart for campaign purposes in exchange for a considerable amount.

“I am really surprised where all these came from, but maybe the people behind these are those looking towards 2016,” Escudero told reporters during a press conference at the Probinsya Restaurant Wednesday morning.

Escudero, at the height of the last elections, was perceived to be running for president in 2016.

When asked of his plans for 2016, he said,"I have no plans, I have dreams. I am focused on the 2013 elections. I don’t have the luxury to look up for 2016."

He maintained he would never mixed his personal with his political life.

Escudero confirmed that up to now he never talked with the parents of Heart and would want it to heal the wounds naturally.

“Only time can heal everything and the truth will come out,” he said.

Also, he said the Evangelista controversy and the personal attacks hurled against him did not seriously impacted on his candidacy.

Surveys, he said, normally goes up and down.Escudero, following the Evangelista controversy, dropped in the surveys.

However in the successive surveys, he again landed in the top three more particularly in the number one and two slots.

In the Ateneo de Davao University survey, he landed on top.

Escudero said candidates should be thankful of the surveys whether favorable or unfavorable to them, because these surveys serve as guides. (PNA)

PDS/ASA/JUDY G. QUIROS/LDP

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