How Chiz Escudero honed his charisma


Senator Francis Joseph “Chiz” Guevara Escudero developed a talent in addressing big crowds while helping with the local campaigns of his father during his teenage years.
From 1984, Chiz helped organize the congressional bids of late Sorsogon Rep. Salvador “Sonny” Escudero that helped him realize he wanted to enter politics at the age of 22.

His family did not allow him to run for municipal councilor and mayor until he finished law at the University of the Philippines.

Chiz waited to pass the Philippine Bar Examinations in 1994 and obtain a Masters degree in International and Comparative Law abroad in 1996 before finally running for Congress in 1998. 

He served various positions as a congressman, became campaign spokesperson for Fernando Poe Jr., and was one of the few who favored the impeachment of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

In 2005, he voted against the dropping of impeachment complaints against Arroyo, maintaining his position in 2006 that paved the way for his election to the Senate in 2007.

The roles he played in the House of Representatives like House minority leader earned awards like becoming one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines.

As senator, he heads the Senate Committees on Justice and Human Rights, Joint Oversight Committees on Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Clean Air Act, and Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.

Chiz was the only Filipino named as Asia News Network's Asia's Idols in 2007 and was honored by the prestigious World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2008.

He has also authored or sponsored 149 Senate bills, 63 of which have been signed into law including the Anti-Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance Act, Anti-Torture Act, and Free Legal Assistance Act.

Escudero also said he has acted upon all 645 bills referred to his committees, and that his Priority Development Assistance Fund has been used to assit regional hospitals and construct public markets all over the country.

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