Sunday, March 28, 2010

‘Chiz’ gives hint of his presidential choice

March 28, 2010, 4:26pm

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“I’m not fond of ‘ponkan’.”

This was the curt reply of Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero when asked what color he prefers in the coming May 10 presidential election. (Ponkan is an orange-colored citrus fruit).

In the Philippines, there is the so-called color-coded political campaigns with orange and yellow and green trying to outshine each other. Orange is the color of Nacionalista Party presidential candidate Manny Villar, yellow of Liberal Party standard bearer Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and green of administration bet Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro.

Escudero said he may announce his choice for the presidency right after undergoing deep prayers and meditation during the Holy Week.

“I may open up and declare right after the Holy Week because we need to think it over and pray hard for enlightenment,” Escudero told the radio program “Kartada Escalera” over radio last Saturday morning.

Escudero said it is the duty of everyone not just to vote but also to express their support and be watchful of the elections.

It may be recalled that right after he backed out from the presidential race, Escudero has openly declared that he will not support Villar.

He is one of the few who stood against Villar during the Senate investigation of the C-5 road controversy.

The senator from Sorsogon said he may have a rough time to choose saying that some of the candidates are even close to him.

“President (Joseph) Estrada is a wedding godfather, same with Sen. Villar. Bro. Eddie Villanuea is also close to me. Senator (Richard) Gordon is a family friend,” he said.

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