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Escudero breaks silence on Ongpauco's accusations

Re-electionist Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero of the Liberal Party-led Team PNoy on Thursday took exception to the charges made by the parents of his girlfriend, actress Heart Evangelista that he was disrespectful to them, adding that the only motive behind the allegations against him is to put an end to their relationship. “Pilit kong iniintindi at inuunawa ang mga magulang ni Heart pero hindi na tama ang ginagawa nila sa akin eh. Hindi na rin tama ang ginagawa nila sa amin, hindi na rin tama ang ginagawa nila sa anak nila,” an irked Escudero lamented at a press conference in Naga City, as the Team PNoy barnstormed the two Camarines provinces, Daet and Naga. “Wala akong ipinakita o ginawang masama kay Heart at sa mga magulang niya. Alam nila ‘yun, lahat ng ito, lahat ng ginawa at sinabi nila, lahat ng gagawin pa nila o sasabihin pa nila. Iisa lang naman ang dahilan, rason at puno’t dulo, nanggaling naman sa kanila, gusto nila kaming paghiwalayin, gusto nilang maghiwalay kami,” Escudero told reporters. Escudero said the controversy which is becoming a hot item nationwide has started to affect even his two children and his mother who is "allegedly failed in giving him good upbringing." “Hangga’t maaari ayaw ko sanang magsalita tungkol dito pero nadadamay na ang mga anak ko. Medyo may isip na sila, ayaw kong dumating sa puntong kakantiyawan sila ng mga kaklase nila tungkol dito. Nadadamay na rin ang nanay ko, kamamatay pa lang ng tatay ko at parang pinapalabas na hindi ako pinalaki ng maayos at hindi rin akong tinuruan ng magandang-asal,” Escudero said. He said that his relationship with Evangelista is "doing great" until the controversy came out to the media. Escudero also also denied his alleged uncouth behavior towards Heart’s parents. “Bago nangyari ang lahat ng ito, masaya at maayos at walang problema ang samahan at relasyon at ugnayan namin ni Heart, mabait siya, matalino, masayahin, masarap kausap,” Escudero stressed. “At malaki siyempre ang epekto nito sa kanya, nasasaktan siya, nalulungkot, at hindi natin siguro masisisi ‘pag ganun ang nararamdaman niya.” Cecile Ongpauco, mother of the actress, earlier disclosed on national television that Escudero was "disrespectful and arrogant", and even “manipulating” her daughter into “going against the family.” Ongpauco also appealed to Escudero "to leave my daughter alone.” But Escudero reiterated his appeal to some quarters, including his detractors not to use the current controversy on his love life as this might complicate Heart's relationship her parents. He said his relationship with Evangelista is "strong" and considering the present "real-life telenovela" as a test to their love for each other.
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