By Felix ‘Boy’ Espineda, Jr.
SORSOGON CITY, 1Sept2013 (BicolToday.com) – True that blood is thicker than water, with his hectic senate schedule Senator Chiz Escudero was here yesterday to solicit votes for his councilor cousin Dennis Escudero of Casiguran town who is aspiring for the top position of Philippine Councilors League, Sorsogon Chapter.
If elected the senators cousin will sit as ex-officio member of the Sanggunian Panlalawigan and the third blood related Escudero in the provincial board.
The local PCL chapter composed of 154 members from 14 towns and one city for a long time is in disarray due to lack of leadership and transparency. As before, events hosted by PCL local chapter were not spared of controversies as what happened during the Kasanggayahan Festival 2012.
Senator Chiz said that his cousin secured his permission to run as councilor’s league president and promised to introduced changes and reforms. Calling the shots for the Escudero’s political clan, the senator tasked the ninety eight councilors in attendance for their support and votes. Asked if he believes that his cousin has the numbers to win, he quipped “ I don’t believe in numbers for the votes are yet to be counted”, adding, the election is on September 4.
Some of the councilors in attendance revealed to BicolToday.com that the senator will foot the registration fee of each allied councilor, the cheapest expense is around seven thousand pesos per registrant (P7,000.00), this can go up depending on the formula of the other contender.
It was further revealed that during the meeting with the senators mother, Congresswoman Evelina Escudero the amount of ten thousand pesos (P10,000.00) is alleged to be the price tag to secure the votes for Councilor Escudero.
One of the councilors present said, that 7,000,00 pesos is too small compared to the prestige to Escudero’s clan when the senators cousin is elected as PCL president. [BicolToday.com]
ERRATUM: The banner should be “Sen. Escudero backs uncle’s LIGA bid, rumored to pay delegates’ fees, other ‘freebies’.
Senator Chiz and Councilor Dennis are not cousins.
Dennis Escudero father (Joselito Escudero+) and Senator Chiz grandfather (Antonio Escudero,Sr.+) are cousins. The father of Joselito and the father of Antonio Sr. are brothers. ED