By BicolToday.com News Team
SORSOGON CITY – Not all Sorsoganons are for Chiz Escudero. Many ‘has-been’ local politicians had sour-grapes, misgivings, and resentments for having allied with Chiz, then got junked into the gutter in favor of another rival candidate who enjoyed the Escuderos’ blessings.
Among critics, Escudero is noted for “laglag” attitude, “transactional” politics, and even a political analyst-professor in Manila called Chiz’ style as “Trojan horse politics”. (See related article December, 2015 – Political analyst: blame Chiz on Poe disqualification; Chiz playing ‘Trojan Horse Politics’ – See more at: http://bicoltoday.com/2015/12/10/political-analyst-blame-chiz-on-poe-disqualification-chiz-playing-trojan-horse-politics/)
“They talked other candidates not to run against any member of their family and, in return, they are goaded to run for different positions and promise that they (Escuderos) will be supporting them (local bets) financially,” said a Sorsogon political observer.
In the case of Atty. Ocsar Deri, who was then incumbent vice-governor, but they negotiated for him not to run for the same position, but instead to run for governor and to be running mate of Antonio Escudero (Chiz uncle).
Another one, Gerry De Jesus, who was then incumbent vice-mayor of Casiguran town, was allegedly convinced by Sonny (Chiz’s father) not to re-elect, instead encouraged to run for board member, and to put in-place a relative on the vacated position of vice-mayor.
At that time, the half-brother of Sonny, Ramon Escudero was groomed to run for vice-mayor.
BicolToday.com sources, who were privy to the negotiation, alleged that Sonny promised De Jesus campaign fund, but up to the last minute of the campaign, he allegedly received a measly pittance, just enough to provide snacks to his ward leaders for a day.
De Jesus was defeated as board member. Ramon Escudero became vice-mayor of Casiguran, the position originally aimed by de Jesus for re-election.
Local political analysts said, the Escuderos are called “transactional politicians”. (See October 2012 news link: Sorsogon LP stalwart Perete decries ‘transactional politics’ – See more at: http://bicoltoday.com/2012/10/06/sorsogon-lp-stalwart-perete-decries-transactional-politics/)
In October, 2012, Chiz blocked the LP nomination of former board member Arnulfo Perete for the House seat just to protect the candidacy of his mother who was also running for Congress.
A non-LP, Chiz convinced LP boss Roxas to dump Perete, a case of “transactional politics.” (See related news link October 2012 – Sen. Escudero blocks Board Member Perete’s LP nomination as house bet – See more at: http://bicoltoday.com/2012/10/02/sen-escudero-blocks-board-member-peretes-lp-nomination-as-house-bet-2/).
“Lagi nilang inaareglo ang mga kandidato para laging paborable sa kanila, papangakuan ngunit sa bandang huli ay iiwanan,” others said. (They talked out other candidates to favor their side, promise them campaign funds and later, dump them). (See October 10, 2012 editorial http://bicoltoday.com/2012/10/08/the-brutuses-in-politics/)
Dynasty or public service?
At present, the Esudero clan members are holding various elective positions in Sorsogon province.
Evelina G. Escudero – Representative, 1st district Sorsogon
Antonio “Kruni” Escudero, Jr. – Vice- Governor
Krunimar Escudero – Senior board member
Dennis Escudero – ex-officio member, Sangguiang Panlalawigan/PCL president
Ramon Escudero – Vice -Mayor of Casiguran
Escuderos in the past
Salvador Escudero, Sr. (former Governor)
Salvador Escudero III (former House Representative, Agriculture Secretary, Assemblyman, Agriculture Minister)
Oscar Escudero (former Mayor Casiguran)
Analysts say the formation and ‘institutionalization’ of political dynasties are a phenomenon in Philippine politics, a consolidated initiative by political clans for self-preservation and to preserve their hold on to power, resources, clout, and interests. (See related October 2012 article on political dynasties – See more at: http://bicoltoday.com/2012/10/21/election-2013-horizontal-and-vertical-expansion-of-political-dynasties-2/). [BicolToday.com]