Thursday, 11 October 2012

The Escuderos of sorsogon: It’s the widow, not the son

SORSOGON CITY: Now it can be told. It’s the widow and not the son who would seek to replace the late Cong Salvador Escudero III as the province’s representative for the first district come 2013 elections.

Senator Francis Escudero himself broke the news before barangay officials and political supporters who flocked to the Escudero residence at Barangay Buhatan here for the 40th day of the death of his father days ago.

The senator was quoted as saying that it was the consensus reached by the family and key leaders to field his mother, Dr Evelina Guevarra Escudero, as candidate for congressman in next year’s election. 

A source said the widow’s candidacy has the full backing of Gov Raul Lee.

Earlier reports had it that the Escuderos would field the senator’s brother, Philip, but it was not clear why it did not push through.
Philip had been visiting barangays in the first district since last year in the company of his father.

The surprise announcement was met with enthusiasm by the barangay officials and supporters especially the women who were excited by the thought that a woman would be representing the first district for the first time.

“At last, we will have a woman legislator who could champion our cause,” Barangay Chair Lita Lee of Pantalan, Magallanes, stressed.

“We already had a woman governor, so it’s about time that a woman should also represent us in congress,” Barangay Captain Florenda Labalan of Banacud, Magallanes said in the dialect.

A member of the Board of Regents of the University of the Philippines, the soft-spoken widow is expected to be formally presented to the public once she has already filed her certificate of candidacy this week.

Escudero was recently appointed by Pres Aquino to the highest governing body of the UP system last February 6, 2012 where she had been the president of the UP Alumni Association Hostel and Canteen Services. 

She is also a professor at the OB Montessori College and an accredited assessor of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

She obtained her doctorate degree in Education as well as her Master in Arts and undergraduate degree in Educational Administration all at UP. – Media Solutions/BicolMail

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