drama king chiz escudero in non-event press conference announces he won’t run for president. ho-hum.
we have decided to give chiz escudero the title drama king after today’s press conference at the historic club filipino to announce a non-announcement and a non-event – he is no longer running for president.
he was in his usual elegant and eloquent tagalog and in one part of the speech he said he was thinking about whether he should have just released a press release rather than hold a press conference to announce the withdrawal of his presidential pursuit.
we agree, he should have just done that and spare the media and us the time of having to drive all the way to greenhills only to hear his ho-hum announcement. right after his announcement, it was rumored that everyone was given double espressos and 2 bottled of red bull to prevent people in attendance from falling asleep.
we are really tired of the drama that chiz escudero makes us go through. in this last one we fail to see the point nor the wisdom of staging such an event when he had nothing to say.
he also did not announce what his plans are for 2010. all he said was he was no longer going to pursue the presidency. he did say why he was not doing so but we were so angry and frustrated and yes an overload of drama that we chose not to listen anymore.
what is even more frustrating was he did not tell us what he will do in 2010. it looks like this drama king chiz escudero will be staging another dramatic event on another time.
Escudero no longer running for president
By Maila Ager
First Posted 08:09:00 11/24/2009
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero announced on Tuesday that he would no longer be running for president in the May 2010 elections.
“Nagpasya ako na hindi tatakbo bilang pangulo sa darating halalan… [I have decided not to run for president in the coming elections],” said Escudero at the Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan.
“I always say that it’s the presidency but not at all cost,” Escudero said in his speech.
It has been almost a month since Escudero announced his decision to leave the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), his political party for so many years. The NPC was founded by businessman Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco.
Tuesday’s event was attended by his supporters like the Magdalo group, the Youth for Chiz, the young executives for Chiz, among others.
quo vadis Chiz Escudero? the country needs the debate that escudero will bring, replace erap estrada as standard bearer!
we are not celebrating here, with the announcement that loren legarda will join manny villar at the NP. we are mourning the disappearance of chiz escudero from the top political landscape of the presidency and the vice presidency.
legarda joining the NP means chiz escudero is on his own – without a polticial party, he left the NPC in a huff; without a VP tandem, he didn’t even tell legarda about his decision to bolt the NPC and we suspect with a thinning political base.
we mourn his departure or is it implosion from the political landscape as we think he is a good man. we make fun of his elegant tagalog but beyond the elegant words are very good principles and very good ideas. we would have preferred that he does not disappear from the presidential and vice-presidential landscape to battle it out with the others. we think, the country will be serve better in this election if escudero was part of the debate. we do not know if he will win, he probably won’t but we think the debate that will ensure when he is there to do it will do the country well.
we hope that escudero will find a way to come back. in fact we have a proposal for a course of action for escudero. we had proposed this previously in this blog and we will say it again :
escudero should replace erap estrada as standard bearer of erap’s political party! give erap some important job in an escudero government, but get there on top.
this country needs the debate that escudero will bring to the election, we hope escudero will relent.
drama queen senator loren legarda to announce 2010 plans within the week! oh, oh – here we go again!
my nose gave a fantastic twitch when i read this news article — loren legarda will announce her vice-presidential plan within the week. i thought it was just deja-vu!
we have heard this from loren legarda before. in fact a few times. so here we are again in the same place we used to be before with her. being the drama queen, we should expect some of it this week.
also very interesting is that chiz escudero, her ex-partner also announced he will announce his plans within the week, well by november 15. i had to do a double take when i read legarda’s piece. i thought, even in the roller coaster ride of announcements, these two people go at it together. coincidence? planned?
we don’t have the answer to that. i guess we all have to wait for senator legarda, then senator escudero. we have been doing that a few times already for both of them, one more won’t hurt. please, just one last time!
Legarda to bare 2010 alliance within the week
By Charlie Señase
First Posted 09:59:00 11/10/2009
COTABATO CITY, Philippines — Senator Loren Legarda on Tuesday said she would announce within this week whether to run for vice president with presidential aspirant Gilbert Teodoro Jr. under the Lakas-Kampi coalition or with Senator Manuel Villar of the Nacionalista Party.
“Whether orange (campaign color of Villar) or green (color of Teodoro), I will have to formally announce it within this week,” she said during a brief talk before officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao here.
this is not a joke – we have another date to wait for as far as chiz escudero’s plans for 2010 are concerned. no, it’s not his birthday this time, done that, been there, it’s november 15, a press conference. no, it’s not the last one when he announced he is bolting NPC, it’s about his p;ans for 2010. promise, that is what will be announced. well, that is according to him, again!
will there be drama again this time? here is our suggestions – let’s not count on it. let’s not allow escudero to take us on a roller coaster ride, again!
As I See It
A President without any strings attached
By Neal Cruz
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 23:41:00 11/08/2009
I had a long talk with Sen. Chiz Escudero at a Quezon City restaurant last week, during which Chiz revealed why he left his party, the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), which was about to anoint him as its presidential standard-bearer, and other perplexing things most of which were, however, off the record.
Is he still running for President?
Chiz said he will make his decision, and announce it at a press conference, on November 15.
the tough questions chiz escudero supporters should ask chiz: “iniwan mo ba kami sa kawayan”? escudero’s political suicide
we here this often now – “walang iwanan”. in an office we used to work before, the line we used was the complete thought – “iniwan sa kawayan!”. that expression uses the idea of the way pinoys cook lechon where the pig is skewered through and through, with a long “kawayan” then left to slow cook on a bed of burning hot coal. the poor pig tied on both front and back hinds with a long bamboo passing through its body can do nothing but roast against the burning coal.
“iniwan mo ba kami sa kawayan?” is a question chiz escudero’s supporters must ask of chiz, not to mention something that chiz must explain to them.
as of this writing, we really do not know why chiz bolted his political party, NPC. many words have been said, most of it in eloquent tagalog from chiz but we really don’t know until now why he did what he did.
a double whammy, a second kawayan, to follow it through. is that till now escudero’s supporters do not know yet what are the actual plans of escudero. escudero has not declared anything yet.
if we interpret escudero’s elegant tagalog into plain and understandable tagalog, chiz quit the NPC based on principle, or specifically a difference in principles on governance. he kept mentioning the importance of being independent and without shackles for effective good governance.
the other reason mentioned is about money. chiz denies this but it has been mentioned by many. chiz says he lives a simple life and money has not been key for him. he forgets that what we meant was money not for his lifestyle but money for the presidential campaign. some say cojuancgo who set up NPC was willing to bankroll only a few hundred millions but what was needed was a few billion pesos.
in today’s newspaper, the son of cojuangco said the reason for the split was there was no agreement on some of escudero’s “radical positions on matters” ( http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20091101-233358/Escuderos-radical-positions-caused-split-with-NPCDanding-son).
it is a coin toss on what are the real reasons for now. we will need to wait for more elegant tagalog from chiz to know them.
in the meantime, these are the tough questions escudero’s supporters must ask chiz:
- “iniwan mo ba kami sa kawayan?”
- there is an english version – “were you just jerking us off?”. chiz made had this drama about holding off his official announcement on his presidential run till his 40th birthday. he had asked all his supporters, not to mention the rest of the filipino people to wait for that birthday of his. there were other postponements after that, each one he did not say he will quit the NPC but just to wait for certain dates for the announcement.
- question — all of the above, the reasons we mentioned for bolting NPC, were they not thought off all this time? questions on principles, approach and funding are pretty basic questions. these are questions are asked at the very top of the list that any presidential makes when planning to run for president. they are so basic that i thought they should be on top of the agenda.
- why were these not discussed years, months ago or any time before his 40th birthday? or anytime BEFORE he was posturing on running for president.
- when was the last time escudero talked to danding cojuangco? these topics were not discussed?
- wasn’t escudero talking to the chair or president of NPC about these matters early on?
we are very surprised that topics of this sort has come up at this time when it is very close to the registration time for candidates.
while escudero did not officially announce it, he was truly posturing that he will for president. he organized, the party organized people and groups. he went into public speaking engagements, he set up websites, he gave interviews – he was on the limelight. all that he did can only be interpreted by his supporters that he was going yo run for president and we assume that many supporters joined him because he was running for president.
what was all that then, only to announce a little over a month from candidate registration time that he is quiting the NPC. not only that, he has not declared what he intends to do.
so, hindi lang iniwan sa kawayan, ngayon bitin sa bubungan ang mga supporters ni escudero.
if escudero decides to do something in 2010, we wonder if his supporters will continue to support him?
the irony in PDI’s page 1 – the gentle giant chiz escudero’s presidential bid and a gentle giant of the sea both dead in the water
we think there is great irony, poetic even, in today’s page one of PDI (philippine daily inquirer).
headline, above says “Chiz junks NPC, Danding” talking about yesterday’s “shocking” announcement of him leaving the political party that has put him as senator, that we think effectively has put his presidential bid as dead in the water.
we had previously written on chiz escudero with our own headlines: will chiz escudero be orphaned? is his presidential bid dead in the water? (click to read) and more recently – questions on chiz escudero answered. he is orphaned, leaves his political party NPC. is his presidential run dead in the water? (click to read)
just above the PDI headline is a very imposing picture of what PDI describes as a “gentle giant”, the whale shark found dead at manila bay. this gentle giant of course died in the water and was just washed away to the shores of manila.
we thought the news headline and our view that chiz escudero’s presidential bid as being dead in the water gives us the irony of a huge picture of a dead gentle giant. chiz escudero is the only presidentiable who we think has very gentle ways, most specially in the eloquence of his tagalog. he speaks in monotone and the cadence of his speech is a very gently wave of good tagalog. (contrast him to the fiery mar roxas of “putaang ina” fame!) escudero also has very much giant ideas on good governance and on what is right and what is wrong. these are the exactly the things we admire about him.
the headline in words of a gentle presidentiable giant below the picture of a dead gentle giant from the sea – both dead in the water, one the sea creature, the other the presidential bid.