Chiz gets grilled on 'sex life' in Senate
MANILA, Philippines -- Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero found himself answering questions on his "sex life" after raising a point on the defintion of reproductive health, as stipulated in the controversial bill.
"I'm just not too comfortable with the law saying 'safe and satisfying.' If only that phrase is removed," Escudero said Tuesday, referring to a line in Senate Bill 2865, or the RH bill, in defining reproductive health.
In the divisive bill co-sponsored by Sen. Pia Cayetano, reproductive health is defined as "the state of complete, physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence or infirmity, in all matters relating to the reproductive system and to its functions and processes.
"This implies that people are able to have a safe and satisfying sex life, that they have the capability to reproduce and the freedom to decide if, when, and how often to do so."
Addressing Escudero's concern, Cayetano offered "hypothetical" questions, which later led to an aside on the former "Kris TV" co-host's "love life."
Escudero drew laughter when he expressed preference for both a "safe" and "satisfying" sex life, when asked by Cayetano to choose between either.
The RH bill proponent further asked the 43-year-old lawmaker, "What would you like your daughter to have -- safe or satisfying sex life? Make a choice."
"My daughter, safe. [My wife] I wouldn't know," Escudero answered, to the amusement of the Senate assembly.
"I would like to correct myself," he added. "I would not know anymore. You should have asked me before, but right now I cannot answer."
In July this year, Escudero confirmed that his marriage with Christine Elizabeth Flores had been annulled.
Referring to the bachelor senator's current girlfriend, Cayetano added, "I'm speaking in [hypothetically]. I assume you will have a wife again, as I know you are currently in love."
Three months after the confirmation of his annulment, Escudero revealed, also on national television, that he is now in a relationship with Heart Evangelista.
The 27-year-old actress has recently become more open of her relationship with the lawmaker, after initially being secretive of their romance for fear of "intrigues."
After the light moment between Cayetano and Escudero on Tuesday, the Senate proceeded to voted, 11-6, to keep the line a "safe and satisfying sex life" in defining reproductive health.