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LGBT GROUP 'LADLAD' HITS PACQUIAO FOR SAME-SEX MARRIAGE COMMENT

[In a television interview, Paquiao allegedly stated: “Common sense lang. Makakakita ka ba ng any animal na lalaki sa lalaki, babae sa babae? Mas mabuti pa yung hayop. Marunong kumilala kung lalaki, lalaki, o babae, babae… Kung lalaki sa lalaki, babae sa babae, eh mas masahol pa sa hayop ang tao.” (Have you seen any animal that is doing it male to male, female to female? Animals seem to be better than humans in that they can distinguish male from female. If it’s going to be male to male and female to female, then humans are worse than animals.)


FEBRUARY 16 -Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao ranked eighth in the latest Social Weather Stations senatorial survey with 35 percent. Philstar.com, file
- Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) group Ladlad on Tuesday called on the public not to vote for senatorial aspirant and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao following his comment on same-sex marriage.
"Common sense lang. Makakita ka ba ng any animals na lalaki sa lalaki o babae sa babae? Mas mabuti pa 'yung hayop," Pacquiao said in an interview with Bilang Pilipino. Ladlad Chair Danton Remoto said that Pacquiao's anti-LGBT statement was a shallow understanding of the issues that are important to the community. "Ladlad supports the rights of people to have consensual, same-sex relationships that lead to domestic partnerships or even to same-sex marriage," Remoto said in a statement posted on Facebook. Remoto noted that the rights of people to domestic partnerships or same-sex marriage can be found in the equal-rights provisions of the Constitution. "Manny, tama na ang kabobohan," Remoto said. Meanwhile, Filipina transgender model and Gender Proud founder Geena Rocero sees Pacquiao's statement as an opportunity to educate the public about the LGBT community. "We have a chance to educate the public, a teachable moment and refute what Manny Pacquiao said about LGBTQ people... LGBTQs and Filipinos deserve to be dignified instead of dehumanization," Rocero said in a Facebook post. Pacquiao is a senatorial candidate of Vice President Jejomar Binay's United Nationalist Alliance. He ranked eighth in the latest Social Weather Stations senatorial survey.FULL REPORT.

ALSO: PH Catholic church defends Pacquiao on gay marriage stance
[He [Catholic bishops' exec sec] said it was “unfair” to condemn Pacquiao for echoing what he reads in the Bible when he was asked about same-sex marriage. But Secillano also said the boxing hero should not have used such offensive language.]


FEBRUARY 21 -Philippine boxing great Manny Pacquiao (front) jogs along the sports complex in General Santos on the southern island of Mindanao on February 19, 2016, as part of his training ahead of his bout with Timothy Bradley in April. Pacquiao refused to back down on February 19 over gay slurs that have tarnished his reputation and cost him millions in sponsorship deals, insisting God is on his side. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE
The Philippine Catholic church on Sunday defended boxing hero Manny Pacquiao for his opposition to gay marriage, saying he was only quoting the Bible. But Father Jerome Secillano also said over radio station DZMM that Pacquiao should respect homosexuals and not judge and condemn them after the eight-division world champion last week described them as worse than animals. Pacquiao, 37, who converted from Catholicism to an evangelical Protestant faith late in his boxing career, was pilloried by local gay rights groups and celebrities and has lost lucrative commercial endorsements as a result. Secillano, executive secretary of the Catholic bishops’ public affairs office, said: ”This is really in the Bible. There is this quote he (Pacquiao) uses from the Bible and we cannot change that.” He said it was “unfair” to condemn Pacquiao for echoing what he reads in the Bible when he was asked about same-sex marriage.
But Secillano also said the boxing hero should not have used such offensive language. “The church… says that if this is your lifestyle, if this is your orientation, then we respect that, we cannot condemn them,” the priest said. He reiterated that the Catholic church, which counts 80 percent of Filipinos as followers, still opposed legalisation of same-sex marriage. Church influence has also kept divorce and abortion from being legalised in the Philippines. However homosexuality is not criminalised and several LGBT figures have become celebrities. READ MORE...

Vice Ganda tells Manny Pacquiao: Make sure we won't see you in hell


FEBRUARY 16 -Vice Ganda: "The LGBT is a group of people. We are humans. But not animals. Though we're no saints we will pray for Manny Pacquiao." Philstar.com/Chuck Smith, file photo Add Vice Ganda to the list of netizens and celebrities who slammed senatorial aspirant and boxer Manny Pacquiao over his sentiments against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. The athlete-turned-politician received flak after he aired his views against same sex marriage in an interview posted on the Bilang Pilipino Facebook page on Monday. "Common sense lang. Makakita ka ba ng any animals na lalaki sa lalaki o babae sa babae?" Pacquiao said. He added, "Mabuti pa ang hayop, marunong kumilala kung lalaki lalaki, babae babae. O di ba? Ngayon, kung lalaki sa lalaki o babae sa babae, mas masahol pa sa hayop ang tao." In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Vice, an openly gay comedian, defended the LGBT community and said "we will pray for Manny Pacquiao." He went on to reference Manny having the worst attendance record in Congress during his term as Sarangani represenative. "Ang kailangan sa Senado ay mga bihasa sa pulitika, sa batas, sa ekonomiya. Hindi mga bulaang propeta," Vice said. The comedian added: "Manny, di ka namin mapipigil kung gusto mong husgahan ang mga bakla sa mundo. Siguraduhin mo lang na di ka namin makakasalubong sa impyerno." FULL REPORT

ALSO: Vice Ganda blasts Pacquiao: We don’t need false prophets in Senate


FEBRUARY 16 -Vice Ganda blasts Pacquiao: We don't need false prophets in Senate | Inquirer Entertainment
Comedian Vice Ganda lashed out against United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial aspirant Manny Pacquiao for his statement relegating gays as “worse than animals.” In a series of tweets, Vice Ganda, who is Jose Marie Viceral in real life, turned the tables against the Filipino boxing icon, saying that sleeping with other women other than his wife is also a sin. “Ang pagpatol sa parehong kasarian ay masahol pa sa hayup? E ang pakikiapid habang ika’y may asawa anung kababuyan ito? Pakisagot, Manny!”  (To engage in sexual relations with the same gender is worse than animals? Then what do you call sleeping with other women while you’re still married? Please answer, Manny!) “Manny, ‘di ka namin mapipigil kung gusto mong husgahan ang mga bakla sa mundo. Siguraduhin mo [lang] na ‘di ka namin makakasalubong sa impyerno,” Vice Ganda said.(Manny, we cannot stop you from judging all the gays in the world. Just make sure that we won’t see you in hell.) He even slammed Pacquiao for being a “false prophet” and dissed him for his absenteeism in the House of Representatives.
“Ang kailangan sa Senado ay mga bihasa sa pulitika, sa batas, sa ekonomiya. Hindi mga bulaang propeta.” (What we need in the Senate are those who are experienced in politics, law, and economics—not false prophets.) “Manny, maganda yung pagattend mo sa mga prayer meeting mo. Pero ‘di masama kung umattend ka din sana noon sa kongreso,” (Manny, it’s good that you are attending your prayer meetings but it wouldn’t hurt if you will attend sessions in Congress.) In an interview, the Sarangani representative said that by using “common sense,” one will be able to discern that “there are no animals who engage in sex with the same gender.” READ MORE...

ALSO Duterte to Amie Marcos: I'll let Bongbong take over if I don't resolve crimes in 3 months


FEBRUARY 20 -Gov. Imee Marcos warmly welcomes presidential aspirant and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte at the Ilocos Norte Provincial Capitol on Friday.
LAOAG CITY - Presidential bet Rodrigo Duterte said if he is elected president and fails to stop criminality in three months, he will resign and give the presidency to Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. The tough-talking mayor made the statement during his visit at the Mariano Marcos State University in Batac City on Friday. “If elected president, give me about three to six months I will get rid of corruption, drugs and criminality,” said Duterte. However, he admitted that he needs everyone’s cooperation in order to achieve this goal. “They say my timeline is ambitious, you know if I am already president, in the third month I am sitting there as president and I fail because nobody believes me, I really cannot do it even if you give me 10 years of rule. “Eh mabuti magsibat na lang kayo, or ako. Kung hindi ko magawa yan sa tatlong buwan e di ibigay ko na lang kay Bongbong (If I fail in three months, better leave the country or I will step down and give the presidency to Bongbong),” Duterte said.
Duterte added that he has a bond with Bongbong because during the term of Pres. Ferdinand Marcos, Duterte’s father was a member of the cabinet as the secretary of general services. He described his father as a true “Marcos boy.”  “When Marcos first run for president, all Mindanao governors that time jumped to Liberal Party except two – Governor Ebarde and my father (Vicente Duterte) who stood by Marcos all the way,” Duterte said. “Speaking of loyalty and friendship, I am proud to say that my father was a close ally of President Marcos until his death,” he added. Heroes Burial If elected president, Duterte said he will allow the remains of Pres. Ferdinand Marcos to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. He said President Marcos was still the best president the country ever had. READ MORE...

ALSO: Why Heart Evangelista uses a different name in the art world


"The art industry is a totally different world, and to be appreciated in that different world is what matters to me." Instagram/@iamhearte
With her numerous endorsements, billboard ads and TV shows, who wouldn't want to be in Heart Evangelista's shoes? But Heart isn't nearly satisfied with being labeled as just an "artista." A few years ago, Heart ventured into the art industry. Backed with her passion for painting and determination to establish who she really is—Love Marie, a visual artist—she has already had a total of four sold-out solo art exhibits and has successfully conducted her first ever gala fashion show with designer Mark Bumgarner. Asked why she uses the name "Love Marie" in all her exhibits rather than Heart, "The art industry is a totally different world, and to be appreciated in that different world is what matters to me. I feel more accomplished when I use Love Marie than Heart," she said in a recent interview with Philstar.com. "Heart is tied with a lot of controversies, a lot of heartbreaks in show business. With 'Love Marie' who I really am in the real world. I feel more free, I feel more clean. I feel like people don't judge me, and that is why I shy away from being Heart when it comes to my painting," she added. READ MORE...RELATED, Sen. Chiz Escudero says wife Heart Evangelista is richer than him...


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LGBT GROUP Ladlad hits Pacquiao for anti-LGBT comment


Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao ranked eighth in the latest Social Weather Stations senatorial survey with 35 percent. Philstar.com, file

MANILA, FEBRUARY 22, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Patricia Lourdes Viray February 16, 2016 - Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) group Ladlad on Tuesday called on the public not to vote for senatorial aspirant and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao following his comment on same-sex marriage.

"Common sense lang. Makakita ka ba ng any animals na lalaki sa lalaki o babae sa babae? Mas mabuti pa 'yung hayop," Pacquiao said in an interview with Bilang Pilipino.

Ladlad Chair Danton Remoto said that Pacquiao's anti-LGBT statement was a shallow understanding of the issues that are important to the community.

"Ladlad supports the rights of people to have consensual, same-sex relationships that lead to domestic partnerships or even to same-sex marriage," Remoto said in a statement posted on Facebook.

Remoto noted that the rights of people to domestic partnerships or same-sex marriage can be found in the equal-rights provisions of the Constitution.

"Manny, tama na ang kabobohan," Remoto said.

Meanwhile, Filipina transgender model and Gender Proud founder Geena Rocero sees Pacquiao's statement as an opportunity to educate the public about the LGBT community.

"We have a chance to educate the public, a teachable moment and refute what Manny Pacquiao said about LGBTQ people... LGBTQs and Filipinos deserve to be dignified instead of dehumanization," Rocero said in a Facebook post.

Pacquiao is a senatorial candidate of Vice President Jejomar Binay's United Nationalist Alliance. He ranked eighth in the latest Social Weather Stations senatorial survey.


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PH Catholic church defends Pacquiao on gay marriage stance by AFP February 21, 2016 (updated) Share0 Tweet1 Share0 Email0 Share28 image: http://www.mb.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/


Philippine boxing great Manny Pacquiao (front) jogs along the sports complex in General Santos on the southern island of Mindanao on February 19, 2016, as part of his training ahead of his bout with Timothy Bradley in April. Pacquiao refused to back down on February 19 over gay slurs that have tarnished his reputation and cost him millions in sponsorship deals, insisting God is on his side. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

The Philippine Catholic church on Sunday defended boxing hero Manny Pacquiao for his opposition to gay marriage, saying he was only quoting the Bible.

But Father Jerome Secillano also said over radio station DZMM that Pacquiao should respect homosexuals and not judge and condemn them after the eight-division world champion last week described them as worse than animals.

Pacquiao, 37, who converted from Catholicism to an evangelical Protestant faith late in his boxing career, was pilloried by local gay rights groups and celebrities and has lost lucrative commercial endorsements as a result.

Secillano, executive secretary of the Catholic bishops’ public affairs office, said: ”This is really in the Bible. There is this quote he (Pacquiao) uses from the Bible and we cannot change that.”

He said it was “unfair” to condemn Pacquiao for echoing what he reads in the Bible when he was asked about same-sex marriage.

But Secillano also said the boxing hero should not have used such offensive language.

“The church… says that if this is your lifestyle, if this is your orientation, then we respect that, we cannot condemn them,” the priest said.

He reiterated that the Catholic church, which counts 80 percent of Filipinos as followers, still opposed legalisation of same-sex marriage.

Church influence has also kept divorce and abortion from being legalised in the Philippines.

However homosexuality is not criminalised and several LGBT figures have become celebrities.

READ MORE...

Pacquiao, who intends to retire after his April fight against American Timothy Bradley to pursue a career in politics, issued an apology on social media on Tuesday but later said his apology was qualified.

Nike, Pacquiao’s major global sponsor, cancelled its endorsement deal with him in the past week, describing his comments as “abhorrent”.

Pacquiao, a former street kid with little education, has used his fame and fortune to launch a political career.

Already a two-term congressman, he is campaigning to win a Senate seat in May elections. Surveys published before the controversy indicated he will win.

Pacquiao has said his ultimate ambition is to be president of the Philippines.


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Vice Ganda tells Manny Pacquiao: Make sure we won't see you in hell (philstar.com) | Updated February 16, 2016 - 3:29pm 284 8939 googleplus0 0


Vice Ganda: "The LGBT is a group of people. We are humans. But not animals. Though we're no saints we will pray for Manny Pacquiao." Philstar.com/Chuck Smith, file photo

MANILA, Philippines - Add Vice Ganda to the list of netizens and celebrities who slammed senatorial aspirant and boxer Manny Pacquiao over his sentiments against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.

The athlete-turned-politician received flak after he aired his views against same sex marriage in an interview posted on the Bilang Pilipino Facebook page on Monday.

"Common sense lang. Makakita ka ba ng any animals na lalaki sa lalaki o babae sa babae?" Pacquiao said.

He added, "Mabuti pa ang hayop, marunong kumilala kung lalaki lalaki, babae babae. O di ba? Ngayon, kung lalaki sa lalaki o babae sa babae, mas masahol pa sa hayop ang tao."

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Vice, an openly gay comedian, defended the LGBT community and said "we will pray for Manny Pacquiao."

He went on to reference Manny having the worst attendance record in Congress during his term as Sarangani represenative.

"Ang kailangan sa Senado ay mga bihasa sa pulitika, sa batas, sa ekonomiya. Hindi mga bulaang propeta," Vice said.

The comedian added: "Manny, di ka namin mapipigil kung gusto mong husgahan ang mga bakla sa mundo. Siguraduhin mo lang na di ka namin makakasalubong sa impyerno."


INQUIRER

Vice Ganda blasts Pacquiao: We don’t need false prophets in Senate @inquirerdotnet
INQUIRER.net 01:57 PM February 16th, 2016


Vice Ganda blasts Pacquiao: We don't need false prophets in Senate | Inquirer Entertainment

Comedian Vice Ganda lashed out against United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial aspirant Manny Pacquiao for his statement relegating gays as “worse than animals.”

In a series of tweets, Vice Ganda, who is Jose Marie Viceral in real life, turned the tables against the Filipino boxing icon, saying that sleeping with other women other than his wife is also a sin.

“Ang pagpatol sa parehong kasarian ay masahol pa sa hayup? E ang pakikiapid habang ika’y may asawa anung kababuyan ito? Pakisagot, Manny!”
(To engage in sexual relations with the same gender is worse than animals? Then what do you call sleeping with other women while you’re still married? Please answer, Manny!)

“Manny, ‘di ka namin mapipigil kung gusto mong husgahan ang mga bakla sa mundo. Siguraduhin mo [lang] na ‘di ka namin makakasalubong sa impyerno,” Vice Ganda said.

(Manny, we cannot stop you from judging all the gays in the world. Just make sure that we won’t see you in hell.)
He even slammed Pacquiao for being a “false prophet” and dissed him for his absenteeism in the House of Representatives.

“Ang kailangan sa Senado ay mga bihasa sa pulitika, sa batas, sa ekonomiya. Hindi mga bulaang propeta.”
(What we need in the Senate are those who are experienced in politics, law, and economics—not false prophets.)

“Manny, maganda yung pagattend mo sa mga prayer meeting mo. Pero ‘di masama kung umattend ka din sana noon sa kongreso,”
(Manny, it’s good that you are attending your prayer meetings but it wouldn’t hurt if you will attend sessions in Congress.)

In an interview, the Sarangani representative said that by using “common sense,” one will be able to discern that “there are no animals who engage in sex with the same gender.”

READ MORE...

READ: Pacquiao compares gays to animals, draws flak on social media

Using an analogy, Pacquiao said that if persons engage in same-sex relations, then they are worse than animals.

“Common sense lang. Makakakita ka ba ng any animals na lalaki sa lalakI, babae sa babae? Mas mabuti pa yung hayop. Marunong kumilala kung lalaki, lalaki, o babae, babae. Kung lalaki sa lalaki, babae sa babae, eh mas masahol pa sa hayop ang tao,” the Filipino boxer turned lawmaker said.
(It’s only common sense. Would you see any species of animals who engage in male to male, female to female [sexual] relations? Animals, then, are better than humans [in that sense]. They know how to distinguish males from females. If people then engage in male to male, female to female relations, then they are worse than animals.)

Pacquiao was previously linked to other women such as Krista Ranillo and Kat Ordonez while being married to his wife Jinkee.

Vice Ganda was not the only one who twitted Pacquiao as singer Aiza Seguerra called the senatorial aspirant a “hypocrite.”

Meanwhile, the boxer’s statement did not also sit well with Ladlad, a national organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Filipinos. The group said that Pacquiao’s view “betrays a shallow understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity, nay, even the very basics of science.”

“To say that animals are better because males of the species sniff and have sex only with females of the species is to be ignorant of the fact that homosexuality is found in all forms of creation—from plants to animals, and yes, even to people,” the group’s statement read.

They urged Pacquiao and his advisers to “bone up” on LGBT issues, adding that failure to do so would leave him to the Dark Ages “when the cavemen ruled and the numbskulls roamed the earth.”

Despite drawing flak on social media, Pacquiao remained one of the popular candidates for the Senate. In the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, the “fighting congressman” was in eighth place with 35 percent of respondents picking him as one of their preferred senatorial candidates. AJH


PHILSTAR

Duterte to Amie Marcos: I'll let Bongbong take over if I don't resolve crimes in 3 months By Ariel Paolo Tejada (philstar.com) | Updated February 20, 2016 - 1:30pm 26 6117 googleplus0 0


Gov. Imee Marcos warmly welcomes presidential aspirant and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte at the Ilocos Norte Provincial Capitol on Friday.

LAOAG CITY - Presidential bet Rodrigo Duterte said if he is elected president and fails to stop criminality in three months, he will resign and give the presidency to Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

The tough-talking mayor made the statement during his visit at the Mariano Marcos State University in Batac City on Friday.

“If elected president, give me about three to six months I will get rid of corruption, drugs and criminality,” said Duterte.

However, he admitted that he needs everyone’s cooperation in order to achieve this goal.

“They say my timeline is ambitious, you know if I am already president, in the third month I am sitting there as president and I fail because nobody believes me, I really cannot do it even if you give me 10 years of rule.

“Eh mabuti magsibat na lang kayo, or ako. Kung hindi ko magawa yan sa tatlong buwan e di ibigay ko na lang kay Bongbong (If I fail in three months, better leave the country or I will step down and give the presidency to Bongbong),” Duterte said.

Duterte added that he has a bond with Bongbong because during the term of Pres. Ferdinand Marcos, Duterte’s father was a member of the cabinet as the secretary of general services.

He described his father as a true “Marcos boy.”

“When Marcos first run for president, all Mindanao governors that time jumped to Liberal Party except two – Governor Ebarde and my father (Vicente Duterte) who stood by Marcos all the way,” Duterte said.

“Speaking of loyalty and friendship, I am proud to say that my father was a close ally of President Marcos until his death,” he added.

Heroes Burial If elected president, Duterte said he will allow the remains of Pres. Ferdinand Marcos to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

He said President Marcos was still the best president the country ever had.

READ MORE...

“In the hindsight now, looking at the horizon of political deludes he was still the best and the brightest. I can say that because I was around (during the Marcos years),” Duterte said.

He also said that his template of governance is Ferdinand Marcos.

Duterte said will use the military and the police in solving criminality like what president Marcos did.

“He never hesitated really to use the forces of government to get what he really wanted to do to govern the country,” he said.

Duterte described the Philippines as ‘clean’ during the first years of Martial Law.

He also said that he will impose death penalty by hangin for drugs and all serious offenses connected with drugs.

“I have no choice but to do it,” he said.


PHILSTAR

Why Heart Evangelista uses a different name in the art world By Alixandra Caole Vila (philstar.com) | Updated February 19, 2016 - 10:33am 4 458 googleplus0 0


"The art industry is a totally different world, and to be appreciated in that different world is what matters to me." Instagram/@iamhearte

MANILA, Philippines — With her numerous endorsements, billboard ads and TV shows, who wouldn't want to be in Heart Evangelista's shoes?

But Heart isn't nearly satisfied with being labeled as just an "artista."

A few years ago, Heart ventured into the art industry. Backed with her passion for painting and determination to establish who she really is—Love Marie, a visual artist—she has already had a total of four sold-out solo art exhibits and has successfully conducted her first ever gala fashion show with designer Mark Bumgarner.

Asked why she uses the name "Love Marie" in all her exhibits rather than Heart, "The art industry is a totally different world, and to be appreciated in that different world is what matters to me. I feel more accomplished when I use Love Marie than Heart," she said in a recent interview with Philstar.com.

"Heart is tied with a lot of controversies, a lot of heartbreaks in show business. With 'Love Marie' who I really am in the real world. I feel more free, I feel more clean. I feel like people don't judge me, and that is why I shy away from being Heart when it comes to my painting," she added.

READ MORE...

According to the 30-year-old artist, pursuing her career in painting is not as easy as people might expect.

"Its really hard. You can't just look pretty and say 'I am painting.' They won't look at your face, they would look at your painting for hours," she explained.

Heart admitted that up to this day a lot of people would raise their eyebrows and say, "reaaaalllyy?" Nevertheless, she uses criticism to spur her to keep going.

"Somebody once told me that every year, you should just have one exhibit every year, until you get old and one day people will recognize your hard work. So yes, I will do that," Heart said.

"You know that feels different. Everytime you accomplish an exhibit. So whether they like it or not, I will continue to paint. If there's anything I can promise is that I'm gonna paint till the last breath," she added.

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Sen. Chiz Escudero says wife Heart Evangelista is richer than him Posted on February 5, 2016 by April Lastimoza


Sen. Chiz and wife Heart have a prenuptial agreement. The senator says Heart is richer than him. He’s not required to include Evangelista’s assets in his SALN

MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero emphasized in an interview that his wife, actress and painter Heart Evangelista is richer than him and they signed a prenuptial agreement to separate their assets.

ABS-CBN News quoted the vice presidential aspirant as disclosing in an interview on “Ikaw Na Ba: The DZMM Vice Presidential Candidates’ Interviews,”: “Complete separation of property kami. Meron kaming prenup, sa payo ni Senator Miriam, may prenup agreement kami. ‘Yung kanya, kanya. ‘Yung sa akin, akin.” [We have a complete separation of property. We signed a prenuptial agreement as advised by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. What’s hers is hers and what’s mine is mine.]

He continued that because of their prenuptial agreement, he is not required to include Evangelista’s assets in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).

Sen. Escudero is ranked among the poorest senators in the Philippines based on his SALN; that’s why there are people who are questioning how he could have afforded a lavish Balesin wedding last year and build a new house in New Manila, Quezon City.

The senator answered these questions in the same interview and disclosed that Bobby Ongpin, owner of Balesin Island Resort sponsored their wedding proper while the reception in Manila was sponsored by Evangelista’s home network, GMA 7.

As for the new house, he said his wife owns it. He added that the construction began before they were even married.

In fact, the senator said in jest in an interview last year: “At least, kapag natapos yung ipinapagawang bahay ni Heart, puwede kong sabihing ‘ibinabahay’ ako ni Heart Evangelista.” [At least, once the construction of Heart’s house is finished, I could say I’m being housed by Heart Evangelista.]

As for Evangelista, she shared on “Sarap Diva” that their house will be Mediterranean-inspired with a French country look inside to make it “homey”.

GMA News Online quoted her as saying: “Para homey. Hindi stiff. Also for the kids, very homey talaga for them. Hindi ‘yung parang may mababasag. [So it will be homey and not stiff, especially for the kids, and not like something’s going to break.]


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