Chiz evades Heart talk with Kris’ help

Edwin G. Espejo

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Chiz Escudero gets grilled on his relationship with Heart while campaigning with mayoral candidate Darlene Antonino-Custodio

ALL SMILES. Chiz speaks at a press conference in General Santos City with Grace Poe (left) and Mayor Darlene Custodio. Photo by Cocoy Sexcion

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines (UPDATED)- If nothing else works, call Kris.

Kris Aquino has not been seen on TV after her resignation-cum-leave from hosting. She is suddenly in town to campaign for Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio, her brother’s favorite mayoral candidate this side of Mindanao.

Escudero, who is trying to regain ground lost after his recent slide in poll surveys, is going around the country trying again to get to the top (He is now statistically tied with another strong frontrunner Loren Legarda) after his image took a hit from attacks by former President Joseph Estrada and his recent spat with the mother of his girlfriend, Heart Evangelista.

Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio joined Chiz and senatorial candidate Grace Poe-Llamanzares in a press conference. Custodio is facing a tight and close race against lone rival Ronnel Rivera.

“Para sa akin (For me), if ain’t broke, don’t fix,” Escudero said, throwing his support for incumbent Darlene Antonino-Custodio.

“Kung wala namang ginawang masama, bakit mo naman babaguhin (If they did not do anything wrong, why change)?” he added.

Escudero and Custodio are former partymates in the National People’s Coalition and were colleagues in the House of Representatives before the senator had a falling out with party boss and founder Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr, the uncle of President Aquino.

Escudero is seeking re-election and is an independent. He joined Team Pnoy as a guest candidate. He, however, insisted that he and Grace are not here to campaign for Custodio but to seek her support.

Heart’s video

During the press conference, the discussion turned to his relationship with Heart Evangelista. The senator’s heart, it seems, yearns for his Heart. 

Asked whether he would be willing to give up politics in the name of love, the senator did not give a categorical answer. Instead it was a cryptic one. 

Hindi pulitika ang kinakain ko sa agahan, tanghalian at hapunan.  Hindi rin po pulitika ang pinapanaginip ko sa gabi (Politics isn’t on my plate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Politics isn’t what I dream of at night),” the senator said, smiling.

The senator also said Heart was in Manila for a photo shoot and could not join him. And yes, he saw the 3-minute video of his girlfriend for Esquire done by Rappler’s Patricia EvangelistaHe asked, however, that Heart be spared from the rigors of politics and said she will never be seen with him in his campaign sorties.

KRIS TALK. Kris Aquino adds her support for Chiz and talks to the crowd at the press conference. Photo by Cocoy Sexcion

Continuing his discussion, Escudero also downplayed his political plans for 2016, saying his performance in the May 13 elections will not weigh in the 2016 elections.

“I do not have the luxury of planning or thinking ahead. May eleksyon akong kinakaharap (I have an election to face),” the senator from Bicol said.

Escudero added that topping the Senate race this year will not guarantee victory in the 2016 presidential race. He cited President Aquino as an example, as he was only 5th when the latter won as senator.

Kris Aquino’s arrival threw a showbiz wrench in the press conference.

Aquino said she is here to plug for Chiz. She urged residents to vote for Custodio as well and wished that she wins in her re-election bid. She also went gaga over the crispy tuna belly and marang and apologized for coming late.

Kris also teased the senator, saying that she was already looking for a gift for Heart for the couple’s first anniversary.

Kris later joined Chiz and Grace Poe in a sortie at the KCC Mall, the city’s busiest shopping mall.

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