Chiz admits Heart is his girlfriend

MANILA, Philippines - On his birthday, re-electionist Sen Francis "Chiz" Escudero finally confirmed rumors that actress Heart Evangelista is his girlfriend.

"I would like to think so, yes," the giggly senator admitted to presidential sister Kris Aquino Friday morning, October 5, on her show KrisTV, where he has been a guest co-host. Escudero's marriage has been annulled.

Escudero said it's "refreshing" to have someone who doesn't share his political life. Evangelista, he said, is his "sanctuary."

"Mundo, salita, perspektiba, at pananaw na walang kinalaman sa pinanggalingan ko, sa mundo kong ginagalawan ngayon. It's very refreshing," he told Aquino.

"Tuwing nagkikita at nag-uusap kayo, at least, parang sanctuary siya na hindi mo kailangan pag-usapan ang mga umaway sayo sa pulitika. Hindi niya kailangan awayin ang mga kaaway ko sa pulitka," Escudero added. (Each time you see and talk to each other...it's like a sanctuary where you need not talk about your critics in politics. And she doesn't feel the need to quarrel with my political enemies too.)

The senator said he wanted to keep the relationship private but Aquino pressed him.

In a taped message, President Benigno Aquino III also greeted Escudero on his birthday. It's the last day that Escudero is co-hosting the show. - Rappler.com