Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero. ABS-CBN/Tapatan Ni Tunying
MANILA - "Wala pa akong naranasan na ganitong pakiramamdam."
These were the words of Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero when asked about his girlfriend Heart Evangelista, adding that he had set a higher standard for a partner following his failed marriage.
"Lahat naman siguro ng may pinagdaanan, siyempre mas mataas 'yung standard at 'yung antas at 'yung hinahanap mo. Nakamit naman at naabot ko naman 'yun ngayon," he said in an interview on "Tapatan Ni Tunying" aired Thursday.
Escudero confirmed his annulment with former wife Christine Elizabeth Flores in 2012. He later on secured custody over their two children.
"May inaayos lang ako ng kaunti pa na gusot," Escudero said of his plans to marry Evangelista. "Pero sana sa hindi malayong hinaharap maayos 'yun, para maging ganap 'yung aming ugnyan."
Asked about how his children are handling their situation, the senator said: "Tita Heart ang tawag nila. Magkasundo sila at saka bagama't nakikita nila nang regular 'yung mommy nila, iba pa rin 'yung presensya ng babae sa bahay."
Escudero denied plans to run for president in the 2016 elections, when asked about the possibility of his girlfriend becoming the country's First Lady.
"Ayaw kong sabayan 'yung mga nagdeklara na. Mas gusto ko siyempre na maayos 'yung personal kong buhay bago 'yung pampubliko kong buhay," he said.
On being a father
Escudero also opened up about how he is currently enjoying his role as a father, and how it gives him an incomparable "high" whenever he hears his kids say, "I love Daddy."
"Mahirap para sa amin magbitaw ng papuri, lalo na sa mga kamag-anak at malapit sa iyo, pero sinusubukan kong baguhin 'yun sa mga anak ko," he said, referring to how his late father, politician Salvador Escudero, raised him along with his two siblings.
"Nung pumanaw 'yung tatay ko, isang bagay na pinagsisihan ko 'yun. So sa mga anak ko, baliktad ang ginagawa ko; araw-araw sinasabi ko mahal ko sila," he explained.
Asked to describe himself as a father, Escudero said: "Maasikaso. Gusto ko kasi sana paglaki ng mga anak ko, ma-appreciate nila 'yung oras at panahon na nabibigay ko sa kanila."