Chiz shuns questions of the heart

By Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 27 2012 04:32 PM | Updated as of Sep 28 2012 12:32 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Re-electionist Sen. Francis Escudero on Thursday shunned questions about showbiz and his love life during the Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas convention in SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

Escudero told barangay officials he will answer questions but also set some conditions on what questions he will answer.

"Basta ang tanong may koneksyon sa trabaho at hindi sa pag ibig at showbiz, game ako," he said.

Escudero earlier confirmed that he has separated from his wife, Christine, last April. The two were together for 10 years.

The senator has recently been rumored to be dating actress Heart Evangelista.

In the convention, Escudero said he will push to grant a minimum wage rate for all barangay officials. He said he is proposing the minimum wage rate plus 20% for all officials and tanods as well.

"Kung ang factory worker ay may minimum wage bakit hindi ang barangay officials?" he asked.

The senator said he is willing to be a a guest candidate in both the United Nationalist Alliance and the Liberal Party coalitions. He said that as an independent candidate, it would be advantageous for him to be adopted by both groups.