Now that the presidential candidacy of Noynoy Aquino is fast shaping up, it is about time that Senator Francis Escudero kiss goodbye his ambition for a higher post.
Anyway, Escudero is still young. He can still gain some experience to prepare him for the stressful Malacanang job.
I am writing this because I was born and raised in Sorsogon. I know Escudero’s accomplishments as three-time congressman of our district.
In fact, if I were asked to grade Escudero’s nine-year performance, I would give him a flunking grade.
Why, because he barely uplifted the social and economic conditions of his constituents. He is just lucky because he played a key role as spokesman of the opposition during the impeachment of President Arroyo.
His only visible accomplishment was the construction of a very short diversion road. This project helped decongest traffic in the city proper.
Escudero also worked for the conversion of Sorsogon town into a city.
Sorsogon is a third class city. Poverty and joblessness is prevalent.
The Escuderos have been lording politics in our province for several decades. Chiz succeeded his father, Salvador, as congressman. At present his father is our representative.
Sorsogon can be considered as red tide capital of the Philippines. Our Sorsogon Bay is in a sorry state mainly because the shorelines are inhabited by squatters and wastes go directly to the sea.
The Escuderos became prominent after former strongman Ferdinand Marcos appointed Sonny Escudero as Minister of Agriculture. We were proud of him and elected him as congressman in the immediate elections after Marcos was ousted.
Residents of Castilla town are cursing the Escuderos. Two roads, the one leading to the Poblacion and the road going to the Sorsogon State College of Agriculture were barely started. They have been left there untouched for years.
Chiz and his father, whom we call Tatay, should first make things happen in Sorsogon before dreaming of becoming President or Vice President.
Their meager performance will forever hound them. -30-